“The ReBirth Project”

The “Linotype Wapiti”

The outline of the project is to take all of the components of this archaic, antiquated and historically significant printing press and transform it into a contemporary metal sculpture.

This Linotype, built in June 1913 was retired from service at the Castlegar News in 1973. It was presented to the Castlegar museum on August 7, 1977 by the founding publisher of the Castlegar News, L.V (Les) Campbell, at the time on the newspaper’s 30th anniversary.

The Linotype is a hot-metal line casting machine used to set ads and news stories. An operator struck keys which caused matrixes to call into lines of words. Hot lead was then cast against the matrixes in a mold and when it cooled you had a slug of type. The type was then put into a chase forming a page. The pages were then put on a press, inked, and the type’s image transferred to paper.

This Linotype was kindly donated to me from The Castlegar News.

I would like to also thank Pat and Val Field for their involvement for the donation and the shipping of the unit to my studio on Salt Spring Island.

The Linotype contains a wide variety of different materials, such as cast iron, steel and brass.

Each of the components were thoroughly examined and categorized according to their anatomical accuracy.

The sculpture is comprised only the materials present in the Linotype (apart from the steel armature for structural stability).

The first phase.

The second phase of construction, many of the linotype’s components have been integrated.

The second phase.

The second phase.

The third phase.

The third and final phase of construction.

Through the unification of the materials, and the challenges that accompanied them, the 1913 linotype went through a full rebirth and the “Linotype Wapiti” was born.

Here I am loading the completed “Linotype Wapiti” onto a truck to be shipped to Castlegar, B.C, Canada