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Fraley’s Robot Repair Shop

Fraley’s Robot Repair Shop

The shop door sign reads: "Away on Vacation!"

News came via IO9 of a delightful art display by Philadelphian artist, Toby Atticus Fraley. This sculptor of highly-regarded robots has taken over a former entrance to the Pittsburgh Art Institute, with a year-long installation which is set to change throughout its duration.

To quote the website’s own summary:

The shop depicts what seems to be a robot repair shop where the owners have left for vacation, leaving robots in various stages of repair, including one peering through the store windows longing for life in the outside world. The scene appears to be set in the future, where robot ownership is commonplace, with a 1950’s aesthetic.

The project seeks to dovetail recent investments in downtown by revitalizing and occupying vacant storefronts, making for a more attractive, safe and vibrant downtown corridor while adding to local economy.

There is, of course, a selection of photographs available on the project’s website. Other examples of Fraley’s work can be found at his own domain. As well as some more charming robot sculptures, his work includes a number of jet-set style paintings, raypunk clock sculptures and souped-up teapots.

The “Raygun Gothic Rocket Ship” Has Landed

The “Raygun Gothic Rocket Ship” Has Landed

David Shulman (left) and Sean Orlando; photo By Bill Wilson ©2010

Update after update seems to focus on this, the Black Rock Art Foundation-funded raypunk showcase on San Francisco’s waterfront, but it does currently stand as a beacon for ‘the future that never was’ . This week it was acknowledged at its opening ceremony by San Francisco’s mayor, Gavin Newsom.

The Rocket Ship was declared open on Friday, with a launch party attracting media and sci-fi fans alike. The rocket builders themselves have been linking to a few fun Flickr galleries, and their blog has links to some very decent launch day video.

Attendees included Elvis, goggle-wearing space rock band Phenomenauts, pulp fiction literature buffs and a curious orange pachyderm.

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“Raygun Gothic Rocket” Landing Party

“Raygun Gothic Rocket” Landing Party

News comes via press release of the San Franciscan grand opening at Pier 14:

San Francisco, August 6, 2010 – The Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) and the Port of San Francisco will celebrate the opening on August 6th at 3:00 PM at Pier 14, of an iconic, large-scale sculpture created by a team of Bay Area artists lead by Sean Orlando, Nathaniel Taylor, and David Shulman. This 40-foot-tall artwork, the Raygun Gothic Rocketship, offers a retro-futuristic, highly-stylized vision of space travel circa 1930’s-1940’s science fiction and is the latest in a series of temporary public art exhibitions sponsored by BRAF with the aim of enlivening and activating public spaces.

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Raygun Gothic Rocket Ship in San Francisco

Raygun Gothic Rocket Ship in San Francisco

News came to me via Twitter user Doug DeLong of a raygun gothic art installation, residing in San Francisco after stints at Burning Man and NASA Ames for Yuri’s Night. The ship will replace a 10-foot arachnid sculpture on the Embarcadero waterfront, in residence until September 2011.

Though its creation seems innocent, the artists’ comments about a time when people looked forward to space exploration ring a positive but political bell in times when NASA funding is called into doubt.

The Raygun Gothic Rocket is a project founded by Sean Orlando, Nathaniel Taylor, David Shulman and John Manyjohns. It features a stepladder entrance to its charming interior, complete with alien scanning devices and 360-degree swivelling pilot’s seat. There is a video tour from the maker’s Faire to demonstrate this, embedded below, courtesy of Wired.

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