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This Parisian Tech Artist Sculpts Robots Out Of Discarded Parts

Picture of Rachel Gould
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 12 July 2017
Paris-based tech artist +Brauer repurposes old machine parts by “upcycling” discarded materials into endearing robotic characters. But they’re more than just friendly faces; +Brauer’s work is a response to overconsumption, and breathes new life into otherwise valueless scraps. “Viva la roboluciòn!”
YOUPI | All images © +Brauer

YOUPI | All images © +Brauer

The art of upcycling discarded materials makes more than a creative mark on the community; abandoned industrial parts from keys to bolts are rescued and given a new purpose.

+Brauer’s initiative produces tangible artworks, but it also explores the “surprising artistic worlds of what was and what could be.” The artist challenges the idea that an object’s value is entirely dependent upon its designated use, showcasing the multi-faceted potential in each expired component.

BALTHAZAR | Courtesy of +Brauer

BALTHAZAR

Each robot begins as a mere sketch on paper, and comes to life through a process of trial and error; parts are arranged, re-arranged, and exchanged until +Brauer feels that the final product is “harmonious.”

Perhaps the most daunting task is each robot’s unique electrical work; +Brauer employs his technical skills with precision, “sawing, cutting, welding, screwing, and burnishing” each component until they all fit together successfully. Depending upon the robot’s complexity, some sculptures require months of work. But each finished product is entirely unique.

+Brauer’s sculptures are influenced by Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as sci-fi, comic books, and Japanese robotics. His next exhibition will open at MAD Gallery Dubai in March 2017.

BAMBINO

BAMBINO

BLACK FOOT

BLACK FOOT

COMMODOR

COMMODOR

COSMOS

COSMOS

ERNEST

ERNEST

GASTON

GASTON

HECTOR

HECTOR

KONSTANTIN

KONSTANTIN

LEON

LEON

LUCIEN

LUCIEN

MEA

MEA

OLAF

OLAF

OLGA

OLGA

PHIL

PHIL

RALLYE

RALLYE

VIRGILE

VIRGILE

VOLTMAN

VOLTMAN