Saturday, January 14, 2006


Prisoners' Inventions

The latest LA Weekly mentions a fascinating-sounding book that came out last year: Prisoners' Inventions, published by the artist collective Temporary Services and distributed by U. Chicago Press. TS describes it as:

A collaboration with Angelo, an incarcerated artist. He illustrated many incredible inventions made by prisoners to fill needs that the restrictive environment of the prison tries to supress. The inventions cover everything from homemade sex dolls, condoms, salt and peper shakers to chess sets. We collaborated on this project with Angelo for over two years. We had many additional collaborators who made a book, exhibition of re-created inventions and a prison cell possible.

One of the more elegant designs is a salt and pepper shaker made out of popsicle sticks:

Although Angelo has kept a low profile, there is an extensive interview with Temporary Services about the project.

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