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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 | Courtesy of +Brauer

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