Here at Inhabitots, We. Love. Robots and the collection of robots from Himatic are our latest obsession. Some time ago I wrote about Gordon Bennett's amazing recycled robots that are playful but not intended to be played with. Bennett creates each character injecting wit and because of the recycled materials used, each is instilled with a sense old-timey, future-past feel. Artist Andrea Petrachi (the creative mind and hands behind Himatic) does something similar. But where Bennett's robots seem like relics awaiting a trip back in time, Petrachi's sculptures verge on the sinister.
The collection of robots from Himatic are our latest obsession. Artist Andrea Petrachi (the creative mind and hands behind Himatic) creates sculptures that verge on the sinister. Electric shavers that have sprouted spindly legs, cameras that have attached themselves to Swiss army knives, microscopes that don Japanese masks; these are but a few of the characters that make up the menagerie of misfits in Petrachi’s collection. According to the artist’s website, “Himatic sees his work as a symbol of our out-of-control desire to buy things,a celebration of the human desire to challenge nature through technology.” He creates his robots using broken electronics, recycled materials, old toys and other objects that most people would toss in the garbage. And best of all, they’re really cool to look at.