Robotniks Doing the Can Can

 

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David Lipson takes other people’s trash and turns it into robot
sculptures which he sells on Etsy to great success. He makes them  in a
studio apartment in New York.

“They are made from materials old and new,” says Lipson,
“and are located in places such as The Salvation Army, on the street,
retail stores, construction sites, garbage dumps, recycle shops, pretty
much anywhere. Materials most frequently used are steel, metal, glass,
and plastics such as Bakelite. Drilling, cutting, sanding, twisting, and
sometimes a hammer are the methods used when fabricating the pieces for
assemblage. I use nuts and bolts to put them together. I don’t weld.”

Each Robot found here is one-of-a-kind and they vary in size from 7
inches to 30 inches tall. They can be heavy too, with some pieces
weighing as much as 20 lbs. Lamps and radios that are sometimes used are
often functional, “but currently none of the meters are operational,” 
he adds.

Go here for his wonderful website.
 

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About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes a weekly column for The Atlantic online and is the "Visuals" Columnist for the New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of over 160 books on design and visual culture. And he is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

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  1. These are hands down the coolest robot sculptures I have seen yet. Very retro. Props for making something so beautiful and unique from objects found in unconventional places.

  2. These are hands down the coolest robot sculptures I have seen yet. Very retro. Props for making something so beautiful and unique from objects found in unconventional places.

  3. These are hands down the coolest robot sculptures I have seen yet. Very retro. Props for making something so beautiful and unique from objects found in unconventional places.