Robotniks Doing the Can Can
By: Steven Heller | August 18, 2010
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.