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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.