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Keywords

Pop up, Storefront, Robot, Mayor's Award for Public Art

Artwork Type

Integrated, Interactive, Removed, Sculpture, Temporary



Fraley's Robot Repair

2011


Toby Atticus Fraley



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Commissioning Entity City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
Owner Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Toby Fraley transformed an abandoned storefront on Sixth Street into a ever-changing sculpture installation.  Visitors to the store would never find it open, and when they looked closely, they saw it was not a store at all but an artwork.  The artist created narratives for the robots, which were complimented by the array of repair store materials and ephemera.  The robots that lived in the store for more than twelve months captured the hearts and imagination of Pittsburgh, and artwork won the Mayor's Award for Public Art in 2012.

Toby Fraley is a sculptor, painter, and installation artist born in Washington, PA and currently residing in Pittsburgh. His work consists mostly of mixed media sculpture built from recycled vintage materials and Americana themed oil paintings. Publicly his pieces can be seen at the Childrenʼs Hospital of Pittsburgh, Washington & Jefferson College and the Scottsdale Civic Center Library (2013). Corporate and private collections that hold pieces include Google in California, Steng Lighting in Germany, Carmeusa in Pittsburgh along with two Grammy award award winning musicians based in Chicago and Seattle.