SATOR Square

The SATOR Square is a latin Palindrome.
The keys read the same backwards and forwards, from bottom to top.
As a result the SATOR Square evokes a calming sense
of order and complete symmetry.The earliest datable square was found in the ruins of Pompeii,
that was buried in the ash of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79 almost 2000 years ago.
Das SATOR Quadrat ist ein lateinisches Satz Palindrom.
Die Tasten lassen sich gleichsam vorwärts und rückwärts,
sowie von oben nach unten und von unten nach oben lesen.
Dem Quadrat wird eine beruhigende und magische Wirkung zugeschrieben.Das früheste datierbare Quadrat wurde in Pompeji gefunden,
einer Stadt die 79 n. Chr. vor fast 2000 Jahren,
bei einem Vulkanausbruch unter der Asche des Vesuvs begraben wurde.

SATOR Square #14
set in IBM Model M keys
ca. 1985 – 1989.
sold to M. McGregor, Brooklyn USA

The keys used are taken from four IBM Model M Keyboards designed in 1984 and presumably build around 1989 (see picture below). The IBM Model M Keyboard was manufactured in the United Kingdom.

SATOR Square #14 IBM backside


In PCWorld (Jul 8, 2008) Benj Edwards writes about the Model M:
“Stung by the criticism, IBM assembled a ten-person task force to craft a new keyboard, according to David Bradley, a member of that task force and of the 5150’s design team. Their resulting 101-key design, 1984’s Model M, became the undisputed bellwether for the computer industry, with a layout that dominates desktops to this day. As we peek under the hood of this legend, you’ll soon see why many consider the Model M to be the greatest keyboard of all time.”

Frame: 25.5cm x 25.5cm x 4.5cm, approx. 1.2kg
Signed on backside.

SATOR Square #11
set in black Apple keys ca. 2000.
sold to S. Schiller, Frankfurt Germany

The keys used are taken from four Apple Pro Keyboards that were build around 2000.
The Apple Pro Keyboard was assembled in Malaysia and designed in California.

Frame: 25.5cm x 25.5cm x 4.5cm, approx. 1.2kg
Signed on backside.