Product Disassembly

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Oct 29, 2011 | By Jeff


Smith & Corona Typewriter

There's something uniquely satisfying about the sounds of vintage technology; the keystroke of an old typewriter, the shutter of a film camera, the grinding whir of a rotary phone dial. A mechanical symphony performed by hundreds of individually fabricated pieces, now replaced (ironically) by digital impressions and replicas of their analogue predecessors.

Canadian artist Todd McLellan's series 'Disassembly' brings us back in time, where everyday household objects are broken down and meticulously re-organized, revealing the beautifully complex framework of these deceivingly simple, utilitarian machines. While the whole may be greater than the sum of its parts, McLellan reminds us that God is in the details, and one missing piece can mean the difference between a finely-tuned machine, and an overly-efficient paperweight. 

Yellow Push Mower !! Old Telephone !! Old Flip Clock !! A disassembled 1988 VW Golf. Not a McLellan piece, but interesting and germain nonetheless. !! For those who want to see more of McLellan's work, head over to his site. Our friends at Aether also did a nice post on his work, and there are some nice Flickr accounts with more disassembled pieces.