Tag: graphic design

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.

52 Weeks; 52 Rayguns

52 Weeks; 52 Rayguns

K87 Ender
"K87 Ender" by Cory Schmitz

It begins with time travel, naturally. A secretive entity known only as ‘The Company’ is struggling with legal restrictions upon the design of its military hardware, but a loophole has been found. A representative has called for aid from the year 2257, enlisting the help of designers in our present day. Those who can help have been promised payment to their descendants, some 250 years from now. For now, we of the mere internet age (rather than that of the raygun) must simply be content with a gallery, of imaginative and quite varied raygun concepts.

Raygun52 is a year-long project which has been running since April – I only recently came across it myself. It’s no longer accepting submissions, but those artists who have contributed already are credited for posterity and future profiteering.

This non-profit project – which appears to be the brainchild of one Alex Griendling – can be visited upon at Raygun52.com, where it is hosted “purely for the benefit of raygun enthusiasts and The Company in 2258”.

"The Grinder" by Matt Stevens