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Paul Smith and His Amazing Typing Machine: Art. Voila! [video]


Paul Smith was an artist. He re-created the masterpiece Mona Lisa, and created masterpieces of his own.

What’s the big deal, you ask? He created pictures using only a typewriter.

 While other typewriter artists were producing these . . .





Smith was producing  these:



And this


But wait, there’s more: The artist, Paul Smith, was severely impaired by cerebral palsy. Yet, he was able to painstakingly design the most intricate detail possible for his typewriter art.

Despite suffering from cerebral palsy since birth, Paul Smith did not let the disability that limits his motor abilities stop him from pursuing his love for art.

With just one finger and a typewriter, Paul created brilliant works of arts, based out of his nursing home in Oregon.

“When typing, Paul used his left hand to steady his right one,” the video explains. “Since he couldn’t press two keys at the same time, he almost always locked the shift key down and made his pictures using the symbols at the top of the number keys. In other words, his pictures were based on these characters …. @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ ,” it says.



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