Toby Atticus Fraley installed the Robot Repair Shop in a vacant storefront in downtown Pittsburgh back in November of 2011. The fictional repair shop was never open, but always lit so passers-by could see the workshop, featuring a lonely robot who seemed to always want out. Over the 17 months the store has been in existence, Fraley frequently changed things around and added details that kept fans coming back to see what's happened at the shop.
However, the storefront has been leased to a restaurant, and the Robot Repair Shop is closing down today. But what about the lonely robot? He won't just disappear. Recently, he's been seen planning his escape, gathering tools and studying a map. He makes his escape this evening, heading for California, and will have a send off party to receive well wishes and pose for pictures before leaving on his next adventure. If you're in Pittsburgh, you don't want to miss this event!
Read more about the Robot Repair Shop art project at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Link