Wednesday, June 24, 2009


This may qualify as the coolest thing in the state of Alabama (via Boing Boing):

Goldie, the sculpture that looks like a rusty, prone robot, lies mute on Woods Quad. Curious, delighted visitors drawn to the enchanting novelty of a dead or sleeping robot hanging out on the grass in the middle of the University stand next to it and pose for pictures.

But the artwork and its sculptor – UA graduate student Joe McCreary – have a serious story to tell. Goldie symbolizes the closing of Birmingham’s Sloss Furnaces in 1972 and America’s passage into the post-industrial era. The robot is not so much dead or sleeping as turned off.

"The robot's been decommissioned, shut off," McCreary says. "It's not needed anymore."

McCreary's sculpture will lie out in the Quad until December. The artwork, which may weigh as much as 2 tons, brings a dynamic change of pace to viewers absorbed in UA's academic life.

"Goldie is a figurative work, so people relate to it," says Craig Wedderspoon, associate professor of art, who teaches sculpture. "People see in it a reflection of the human condition. They imagine Goldie in different scenarios. It's a nice break from the perils and stresses of academic life."

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