The Blunderwood Portable was a project built in the summer of 2015 by the Cat and the Cockroach Collective, a group of Boston-based artists and ne'er-do-wells. Inspired by the 100-year-old works of Don Marquis, we brought the experiences of his character Archy, a free verse poet reincarnated as a typewriting cockroach, to life.
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With funding from Burning Man, individual donations, and a successful Kickstarter campaign we built a giant 24:1 scale replica of a 1927 Underwood Portable typewriter. During the day, we displayed sections of a giant Archy and Mehitabel poem in the paper tray. At night, the paper was changed to a projection screen so that participants could type their own messages. The project was burned at the conclusion of Burning Man.
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One of our model typewriters. Credit: Jay Hagenbuch
One of our giant keys. Credit: Jay Hagenbuch
The typewriter at night - with a wedding proposal! Congrats to Kristen and Zack. Credit: Zachary Reiss-Davis
A charming video we found on the internet