Think robot amazia. This is the concept behind the latest idea by Mark Swannell, of CYBERIGS Robots.
That person, who at the age of 12 could be seen hurtling down the village street on a Madmaxesque, lawnmower engined assemblage of salvaged scrap. Otherwise known as a go-cart?
Moving on a few years (quite a few) and with the serious business of growing up done, and much wisdom gained, he’s back!
So what do we think of when we see that word “robot”? well… right there is the question.
Growing up in the 50s-60s you may say ah, “Robby the robot”, move on to the 80s and oh yes, R2-D2. Ask a child now and it could be “MiP” or “Bumblebee” or "Arpo"
There seems to be something that they all have in common, character! They don't assemble Toyota’s in Derbyshire!.
This is the key ingredient to Robotazia, they must have character, and if there is some story to accompany them so much the better.
Upcycled, re-purposed, or creative reuse. These are words we hear a lot lately. This is nothing new, just re-badged. The new thrifty.
Now if there is one great thing about robots, it is that you can build them out of literally anything.
Of course, we are not talking Boston Dynamics here, but science fiction knows no bounds, and it won't cost you a squillion bucks.
So how do you scare small children with tin cans and old gas cylinders?
That is where the creative Madmaxesque mind comes in useful. Laterally thinking, these are actually excellent free, readily available building materials. Dig a bit deeper and you will uncover an Aladdin’s cave for the up-cyclist.
So, back to scaring small children…. simple… think BIG.
Whenever I return to somewhere I frequented as a child it always seems smaller than I remember. So now big has got even bigger!
“what is that made of mummy?” “erm, vacuum cleaners sweetie” there’s a long pause… child’s brain cogs are turning…. Bam, objective accomplished.
Ok, so little Liam, is not going to have the ability or skill to create a menacing 3m high Dyson boxing robot at the age of 9, but the seed is planted, and a little scared is good, heightens the senses, focuses the mind.
Robotazia though is about more than just terminators and robot aliens. It’s an all-immersive robot experience for all ages. It’s a collective by many artists. A museum unlike any other. Fancy a coffee, head to the Robobistro.
All over the world are galleries of great paintings, marble sculptures, fine porcelain. But how many astounding robot creations, some taking months, years to build, go unnoticed, tucked away in the spare room.
Gundam, Transformers, Shogun warriors, Tomy, plus many others, They’ll be there too. Robots we played with as children and still have a fondness for cannot be left out.
We also have for display, life-size well-known robots from film and TV.
Transformers, Astromechs, Daleks, iron man, C3P0, Battle droid, plus others.
Restoration plays an important part, therefore the viewable in-house Cyberigs workshop will continue reviving some of the old but significant bot finds, that need some TLC before taking their honorary place with the others.
Robotazia will open it’s doors to everyone this year. (dates to be confirmed).
We look forward to seeing you or hearing from you.
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