May 31, 2012

The Gutenberg Statue in Detroit

Gutenberg statue Wayne State University (WSU) Detroit
Gutenberg at Wayne State University
This is Johannes Gutenberg whom I found staring at me one evening. Gutenberg invented a moveable type mechanical press to print books. Movable type is a method of printing books where individual metal letters are assembled in a printing press to form the words that are then printed on paper. The most famous book to come off the Gutenberg Press was the bible in 1455. It's safe to say his invention changed the world. Quite impressive and deserving of a statue.

Gutenberg statue Wayne State University
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The Statue
The statue of Gutenberg is tucked in a corner outside of the General Lectures building on the campus of Wayne State University. After class one day, I turned my head and there he was.

According to Art Walk a guide from Wayne State, it is a spelter copy, cast in 1885 from an original by Bertel Thorvaldsen. Notice in his right hand he has some of his famous moveable type, and he's presumably carrying the bible with his left. The statue was a gift from Mr. Kurt Keydel and installed on the campus in 1965.

Left side Gutenberg statue Wayne State University (WSU) Detroit
View from the left

Detroit Connection?
Other than the statue residing at Wayne State, which is located in the city of Detroit, I can't really come up with another connection! Sorry. If any reader of this post knows of one, please share in the comments.

As a side note, if you're not already familiar with it, the website Project Gutenberg is a digital repository of free eBooks and takes its name from the famed German.

Gutenberg statue Wayne State University Detroit
Interesting Shadow

In His Own Words
“It is a press, certainly, but a press from which shall flow in inexhaustible streams...Through it, God will
spread His Word. A spring of truth shall flow from it: like a new star it shall scatter the darkness of ignorance, and cause a light heretofore unknown to shine amongst men."
― Johannes Gutenberg

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