Monday, 4 October 2010

Underwood Street, Woodwork

Underwood Street is a laneway behind Dalley telephone exchange. Underwood is also the name of a famous brand of typewriter manufactured in the early 20th century. Paste Ups are a form of street art, where images on paper are cut out and pasted onto a wall.Woodwork by Simon Yates features photocopies of old fashioned typewriters and old fashioned dial telephones with a similar shape. It contains messages hidden in the keyboards of the typewriters and number dials of the phones. This ia another exhibit in Are You Looking At Me? Laneway Art' which is part of the Art and About Sydney festival. You can also the remnants of some graffiti in the last shot which is a reminder that this was the location of the Grasshopper Bar, which operated here during last year's festval.

14 comments:

  1. These are great. I love stencil work. Very nice J!

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  2. Fantastic works, I haven't seen pasteups before.

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  3. Thank you for sharing
    This fabulous work with us

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  4. Thanks for posting these. The Underwood factory was in Hartford at the outset . . . I am not enough of a historian to know how long they were made here. I need to get some Underwood images for HDP.

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  5. There was a time when I had a typewriter like the bottom right one. It was good too, much better than the new one that I got talked into swapping for.

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  6. This is one of the lanes I couldn't find last year. Still not sure where it is, and I have looked at the map.

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  7. What great finds. Back in school we had lessons writing with a typewriter.

    Please have a good new week.

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  8. Wow! I have never heard of pasteups" before. Australia is far ahead in the art world apparently. I love this idea. Have you deciphered any of the messages.?

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  9. PS: I am old enough to have actuallly typed on an Underwood.

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  10. Sallie, I didn't know about the messages when I visited. I learnt about them on the website, so I'll have to go back for another look at those codes.

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