Rongbot or Rightbot?

Whoever hated Transformers, may want to skip this post. Not that I intend to decrease my almost-minimal readership, but lets just say that I'm hitting upon a subculture here.

Robots is a new London-based artist collective specializing in site specific public art. Their gigantic sculptures are composed of really just trash. Reclaimed and recycled wood, old furniture people throw away – really taking the phrase, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” to heart. The core team consists of three full time artists and then a peripheral team of around ten sculptors, artists, set builders and art directors. 

"The aesthetic of our sculptures are heavily determined by the resources available and our material choices are completely sustainable in a time when resources and finances need to be considered. The sculptures also inform and teach about recycling of materials. All sculptures are site specific, whether this be in the middle of a field or hanging from the side of a building. Each piece is considered and designed to interact and complement its environment. We strive to make our sculptures interactive to their audience promoting appreciation through a number of different ways. Whether it be through, light, sound or actual physical interaction making the final sculptures thought provoking and unique."

As an art collective they have worked consistently over the past three years on public and private commissions as well as self funded projects and gallery shows, in London, Belfast, New York, Quito (Ecuador) as well as various sites around the UK. 



The NewYork Times even featured these artists with reference to a very interesting incident:

Perched high above an industrial stretch of East Williamsburg, a menacing robot nine feet high and seven feet wide surveys the street below, watching cars steal past graffitied factory buildings as if they were prey. Its fierce head sways and dips when a wooden rudder protruding from the back of its neck catches the breeze.



This is the Brooklyn Griffin. It almost never was. The two men, who make art under the names of Jimmy Bumble and Leonard White - part of the Giant Robots art collective,ran into legal trouble two weeks ago when they were caught building the wooden structure atop a building. They were arrested at the owner's request and charged with criminal trespassing. 

What happened next? For that you HAVE to read the NY Times article and check out their brilliant website at-
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/05/the-brooklyn-griffin-finds-a-perch/
http://www.giantrobots.co.uk/

Autobot signs off.