Related to City Art
Installed from 23 September 2010 to 31 January 2011
A giant paper photocopy of an iconic Underwood typewriter pasted to the red brick wall in a laneway
A series of giant paper photocopies of old items such as typewriters, rotary dial telephones pasted to the red brick wall in a laneway
A giant paper photocopy of a rotary dial telephone pasted to the red brick wall

A series of paste-ups hidden in a city laneway talked about the coincidences that can be found in forgotten places.

Artist: Simon Yates
Curator: Barbara Flynn
This artwork was temporary and is no longer at this location.

Artwork description

Simon Yates’ temporary laneway artwork Woodwork was located in Underwood Street in Sydney’s city centre. Comprising a series of giant paper photocopies pasted to the red brick wall of the Dalley Street telephone exchange, images in the work featured iconic Underwood typewriters, rotary dial telephones and included messages from the artist hidden within the keyboards and dials.

This work featured paste-ups, a form of street art where images on paper are cut out and pasted onto a wall. The artwork is ‘hidden’ in this out-of-the-way lane in the same way as the remnants of yesterday’s technologies are hidden inside the technology we use today. For example, the organisation of the alphabet on the Qwerty keyboard.

“Underwood is the name of a famous brand of typewriter manufactured in the early 20th century and used by writers such as F Scott Fitzgerald and William Faulkner. Underwood Street is behind a telephone exchange. This led me to think of the way an old-fashioned typewriter and old-fashioned dial telephone have a similar shape.”

– Simon Yates


Simon Yates has been exhibited nationally and internationally, in numerous group and solo exhibitions. His works feature in the collections of several prestigious galleries and museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne.

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