Paint a Masterpiece With This Hacked 1937 Typewriter

[Photo: Tyree Callahan]
As if painting a masterpiece using a standard paintbrush wasn't challenging enough, artist Tyree Callahan decided he needed a new and unique method for applying paint.

His approach? Transform a 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter into a painting device by replacing each of the ink pads with colored paint pads and relabel the corresponding key with the same color in place of letters. Callahan named this new device a Chromatic Typewriter. Callahan has entered his typewriter in the 2012 West Prize competition.

Callahan had the following to say about the typewriter on his blog:

"I'm super excited about it. The reaction to the piece has been pretty special. It seems to be making a lot of people happy and it has started some great discussions on the translation of art into words and words into art. And folks with synesthesia seem to like it the most!"

It would be interesting to transform some literary works into paintings using the Chromatic Typewriter. Would the great literary works also make great paintings or would the artistry be entirely lost between the two media?

[Tyree Callahan via Colossal]

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