The Secret Life of Robots

Toby Atticus Fraley, who brought us the Fraley's Robot Repair, an art installation that ended dramatically after 18 months, has a new exhibit in Pittsburgh called The Secret Life of Robots.

The 4- to 5-foot-tall robots are constructed from vintage thermoses, picnic coolers, and various found objects. Some robots include animatronics and custom built electronics packages that control illuminated elements, such as eyes and accent lights. Fraley offers a glimpse into the daily activities of a typical robot through various stages of its lifespan, revealing a glimpse of our lives through the looking glass.

“Everyday scenes from the lives of robots have been captured in this exhibition for us to observe,” says artist Toby Atticus Fraley. “Robots assembled from pieces of Americana illustrate mundane everyday rituals, acts of daring, and precious milestones. These scenes of great joy and crushing sadness cover the beginning to the end of a typical robot’s lifespan, celebrating and revering the beauty in the everyday.”

Presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, The Secret Life of Robots will run through April 27th at the Trust’s SPACE  gallery in the Cultural District. If you can’t make it to Pittsburgh to see them, continue reading for a virtual peek at several of the robots.  

-Thanks, Toby!


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