Size Matters

 

 
Big is beautiful in Kevin O’Callaghan’s eyes (and hands). He is the master artist and artisan of extraordinary re-purposings of things like Yugo automobiles (into everything but automobiles), horse drawn carriages (into fuel efficient vehicles for an oil-poor tomorrow), and old-fashioned typewriters (into anything you want them to be). This fall, Abrams is publishing “Monumental: The Reimagined World of Kevin O’Callaghan,” a thick compendium of his mental monuments to ingenuity and imagination created under his direction by his students at The School of Visual Arts 3D Design and MFA Designer as Author classes. 
 
From May 25-27, one of his mental masterpieces (constructed by Scott Lesiak), a twenty-plus-times life-sized typewriter will be on view at the Abrams booth during the BEA (Book Expo America) at the Javits Center in NYC. If you’re lucky enough to get into this extravaganza of print (and digital) bookmaking and bookselling, you may even glimpse Mr. O’C peeking from the keys. (That’s him below.)
 

 

 


About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes a weekly column for The Atlantic online and is the "Visuals" Columnist for the New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of over 160 books on design and visual culture. And he is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

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  1. Facts were NEVER CHECKED in this book & I dont think a copy editor was hired. Same names of people spelled differently NUMEROUS times throughout the book. PEOPLE WERE ALSO NOT CREDITED CORRECTLY FOR THE WORK THEY DID…”ECHOPHONES” WERE COMPLETELY MACHINED WELDED & MANUFACTURED BY NYLE BUXTON AT BUXTON MACHINE…He was NOT a CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANT..HE BUILT THE ENTIRE thing, except for the black foam! His name is NYLE BUXTON Not “NIGEL” as seen also in the book. ALL PAINTING on the “ECHOPHONES” was done by THIRD GENERATION AUTO BODY.

  2. Facts were NEVER CHECKED in this book & I dont think a copy editor was hired. Same names of people spelled differently NUMEROUS times throughout the book. PEOPLE WERE ALSO NOT CREDITED CORRECTLY FOR THE WORK THEY DID…”ECHOPHONES” WERE COMPLETELY MACHINED WELDED & MANUFACTURED BY NYLE BUXTON AT BUXTON MACHINE…He was NOT a CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANT..HE BUILT THE ENTIRE thing, except for the black foam! His name is NYLE BUXTON Not “NIGEL” as seen also in the book. ALL PAINTING on the “ECHOPHONES” was done by THIRD GENERATION AUTO BODY.

  3. Facts were NEVER CHECKED in this book & I dont think a copy editor was hired. Same names of people spelled differently NUMEROUS times throughout the book. PEOPLE WERE ALSO NOT CREDITED CORRECTLY FOR THE WORK THEY DID…”ECHOPHONES” WERE COMPLETELY MACHINED WELDED & MANUFACTURED BY NYLE BUXTON AT BUXTON MACHINE…He was NOT a CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANT..HE BUILT THE ENTIRE thing, except for the black foam! His name is NYLE BUXTON Not “NIGEL” as seen also in the book. ALL PAINTING on the “ECHOPHONES” was done by THIRD GENERATION AUTO BODY.