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.
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.
Thank you to the incredible group of volunteers and financial supporters who made this project a reality! Please scroll down to see pictures and videos.