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‘Type City’ installation by Hong Seon Jang


At first glance Hong Seon Jang’s Type City looks like a stylised architectural model, until you realise it’s fashioned entirely from lead type salvaged from decommissioned printing presses.

I’m unsure whether Type City is “loaded with historical and material implications that speak to our collective nascent post-print mentality”, as suggested by, but this installation is certainly one of the most original and exciting type-related art pieces I’ve come across. (I think that was basically a fancy way of saying “it’s nice to see folk doing interesting stuff with old fashioned lead type”).

Type City is currently being exhibited at the David B Smith Gallery in Denver, Colorado, USA.

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All images taken from David B Smith Gallery website


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