Typewriters Placed Around Downtown Everett as Interactive Art

Everett typewriters

When was the last time you saw one of these?

Everett typewriters

This is set up in the 2700 block of Colby.

The city of Everett is launching an interesting interactive art project involving typewriters placed around the downtown area. Here are the details as provided by Meghan Pembroke at the city…

Look for a bit of nostalgia coming to downtown Everett this week. “Word on the Street,” an interactive art project, will bring 10 vintage typewriters to Everett sidewalks starting Wednesday, July 16.

 

The manual typewriters, which range from 40 to 70 years old, will be installed on classic typewriter tables decorated by local artists and placed outside downtown businesses. Passersby are invited to take a minute to type out a response to the “question of the day,” posed by Everett Public Library staff.

 

“This is a fun way to be a part of a local art project, and try your hand at using a manual typewriter,” said Carol Thomas, cultural arts manager. “We’ll post some of the answers in downtown storefronts and on social media.”

 

The 10 typewriters were donated to the city or found in dusty back corners of thrift shops. They got a tune-up from David Austin, who inherited an Everett typewriter repair store from his father.

 

The typewriters will be on display from July 16 to Aug. 5, when Street Tunes will roll into downtown. Click here for artist details and typewriter locations.

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One Response to “Typewriters Placed Around Downtown Everett as Interactive Art”

  1. Manalto Says:

    Nice idea for spontaneous public commentary; the “question of the day” seems unnecessary, however. I remember when the NYC subway cars were similarly “decorated by local artists.” The city put a stop to it.