We've oohed and aahed over recycled robots in the past from Gordon Bennett, Toby Atticus Fraley among others, and now we've discovered a new master of repurposed robot art, Mark May. Each of his cleverly designed treasures is built from what many would call trash. May finds and salvages materials, acquires some donated pieces, and scours flea markets for appropriate parts. For the larger wooden pieces, May frequents the local Home Depot's bargain lumber bin to snatch up great materials before they are scrapped.
Mark May is not an artist by trade. In fact, he’s a special education teacher in an urban school district in Pennsylvania. He started crafting robots for stress relief when he worked as an emotional support teacher in another urban school. Now he continues to make the eco-friendly robots to work off stress.
When crafting the robots, May tries to keep most pieces in tact. So you’ll notice gears, dice, table and chair legs, bottle caps and more on each of the robots.
The robots are part of the Outsider Folk Art Gallery in Reading, Penn., but were also on display in Greenport, New York earlier this summer.