Thursday, April 29, 2010

Steveston robots

Copyright 2010 D Gittins

Robot: "A machine that looks like a human being and performs various complex acts (as walking or talking) of a human being", or a "device that automatically performs complicated often repetitive tasks", or a "mechanism guided by automatic controls". (Merriam-Webster)

What pops in your head when you hear the word “robot?”

(1) A highly sophisticated humanoid with complex brain circuitry and infallible sense of logic as portrayed in Alex Proyas’ “I Robot?”

Sonny, an independent thinking and human-like robot

(2) An endearing figure that rolls around the house completing domestic chores with efficiency and speed, like Rosie the robot maid in Hanna-Barbera’s The Jetsons?

The beloved housekeeper with her signature frilly apron and feather duster

(3) An intimidating machine of superior endurance and strength bent on human destruction and annihilation like James Cameron’s “The Terminator?”

Arnold Schwarzenegger as an unstoppable cyborg assassin sent back to the year 2029 to exterminate the future resistance leader who would save the human race from extinction.

Now I would like to introduce you to a more benign and utterly charming set of robots. You can call them Steveston robots because they are the brainchild of my daughter, who participated in fundraising drive to benefit Haiti's earthquake victims. As part of the requirements, D had to submit between eight to ten works of art and she chose “robot” as her theme. Here are some of what she came up with:

Copyright 2010 D Gittins

Copyright 2010 D Gittins

The One World Art Show & Fundraiser was held at Science World on May 1, 2010 between 7:30 PM and 1:00 AM. Sixty artists from the lower mainland, Vancouver Island, and Milwaukee contributed their time and efforts. Guests could meet the artists, view and purchase their creations, took part in an amazing silent auction while sipping drinks and enjoying live entertainment. D's robots were there to do their fair share in this worthy cause.

Go Steveston robots, go!

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