Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Pittsburgh Robot 250 July 11-27, 2008

Start "gearing" up for Robot 250! Robot 250 is a city-wide community art and technology program designed in conjunction with Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary. Launched by Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh with support from several local foundations, the program welcomes participation from the entire community with a wide range of family activities, including hands-on workshops, student and artist exhibits and film presentations.Learn more at www.robot250.org

BigBot: "You're #1" July 11 - 27, 2008

Pittsburgh deserves a hand. It deserves a giant black and gold hand pointing out all the good around us. This 20 foot sculpture, perched atop the roof of The Andy Warhol Museum is part of Robot 250. BigBot:" You're #1", created by Ian Ingram, is a large-scale, kinetic/robotic sculpture featuring a black and gold sports foam finger imprinted with "You're #1". Ingram's BigBot is one of many located around the city heralding other robotic programming at the various host sites, including The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, PPG Plaza, and Phipps Conservatory, among others. Created by artists and technologists living and working in Pittsburgh, the program is designed to celebrate art while expanding viewers' perceptions of robots. Maps will be available on the web and in local newspapers providing a "robot trail" for families and visitors to follow from one BigBot to the next. http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~robot250/



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