WEAPON TYPE

The mighty pen gets an up­date from a Canada-based sculp­tor.

The Peak (Singapore) - - Contents -

GuGuns are to war­fare what type­writ­ersewrit­ers are to writ­ing: One changed thehe face of war­war, and the other, com­mu­ni­ca­tions.ations Mon­treal-based artist and sculp­tor Eric Nado has mar­ried the twowo in his eye-catch­ing re­con­struc­tive­tive art se­ries, Type­writer Guns. Each “gun” is a re­con­struc­tion of a vin­tage type­writer and ev­ery se­ries (off five to eight type­writ­ers) he un­der­takeskes can take up to two months to com­plete.lete.

“Each type­writer gun is speci­fi­cific to the orig­i­nal type­writer it sprangng ffrom,” Nado tells The Peak. “Colours aare pre­served and the re­sults are uu­niquely dif­fer­ent.” His works have gogone down well with pri­vate col­lec­tors. BuBut the se­ries’ per­ti­nence, he says, lies in more than a nos­tal­gia trip.

“In a col­lec­tive way, type­writ­ers are stron­strong sym­bols of lit­er­a­ture, free­dom ooff speech and the press. They re­mind uus of the power of the writ­ten word. OOnce trans­formed into an arse­nal, to mmany, the type­writer guns be­come som­some sort of so­cial com­men­taryry about wowords be­ingg strongertronger than arms.” www.er­ic­nado.nado.com/en­www

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