Fraley’s Robot Repair Shop

Fraley’s Robot Repair is a fictional business set up as a public art installation. The Artist behind this installation is Toby Atticus Fraley, a multidisciplinary artist based in the Pittsburgh area.

This installation opened for a year long run on Duquesne Light Light Up Night®, November 18, 2011.

The shop depicts what appears 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. Interactive QR codes and a website allow smartphone and internet users a behind-the-scenes view of the creation of the art piece. Those who frequent the area will see the installation change and evolve over the course of the year…

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.

Terrific idea. Eminently successful concept. Should be managed by someone like Ray Bradbury. 🙂


Thanks, Ursarodina

4 thoughts on “Fraley’s Robot Repair Shop

  1. Mary Lupin says:

    oh yes this is wonderful. I’m a big fan of street art, but because so much of it is illegal, mostly it is ephemeral. So we come to feel art as that also – something in a museum or gallery that we go to once a month (at the very best perhaps) more likely once a year. This kind of art becomes like dynamic public space – a breathing room where intellectual incense greets us as we wander by. Nice. Makes me want to go there.

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