“Fraley’s Robot Repair” is a wonderfully detailed storefront art installation of a retro robot repair shop. Created by artist Toby Atticus Fraley, the installation is on display in Pittsburgh until November, 2012.
The shop depicts what seems 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.