Humans love to anthropomorphize robots, and whether we make them gigantic and towering, or small and decorative, there’s an appeal to their futuristic styling and human-esque forms. Many artists use robots as their subject matter, creating them out of metal or found objects, and creating wonderful sculptures. Here are some of the coolest robot sculptures around:
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The terrifying future foretold in B movies and comic books, filled with rampaging robots crushing cars and destroying buildings, is a fun image for the entertainment industry. There’s something appealing about creating monuments so much larger than ourselves. Japan is at the forefront of giant robot building, but there are contenders around the world. Check out this video of Japanese workers putting together one such statue:
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Robot sculptures are often visions of future technology that it’s within our grasp to conceptualize, but not yet create. Mixed into this future tech are some wacky creations, like walking vending machines and eerily realistic robot faces.
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Found objects are perfect for creating homemade robots, both because the wear and tear makes them seem authentic, and that odd bits and pieces create an eclectic anthropomorphized look. For decorative purposes, you can’t go wrong welding together all the doodads and metal scrap lying around your garage.
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A robots face is often created in the image of a human likeness, and artists like to explore our desire to create machine versions of ourselves through their work. The subject is often clearly machine, made out of clunky bolts and non functional decorative pieces, but they can also have incredibly detailed human features.
Robots in Culture
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The entertainment industry is chock full of robots, so it’s natural that artists would exploit this interest by creating miniature (still human-sized) versions of beloved characters. Transformer characters are quite popular, but I’m equally impressed by the alien creation that looks like it came straight out of a mech version of Ridley Scott’s popular film.
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Even art exhibits are getting their share of robotic pieces. Whether created simply for aesthetic reasons, or as a comment on our technology driven and obsessed culture, there’s no denying the appeal of some of these intricate designs.
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One day its quite possible our furry friends will be replaced with fully automated replacements that don’t need their daily walks or visits to the vet, and that you can count on being around as long as you are. In celebration of this possible future, and also out of clear visual appeal, some artists concentrate their work on creating animals out of machine parts, found, or fabricated.
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This fully articulated mini robot is gorgeous and fully articulated. Its creator, Mark Ho, fashioned this creation over a 6 year period at his workshop in the Netherlands.