Updated: Feb 13, 2019
Robot - a machine resembling a human being and able to replicate certain human movements and functions automatically.
Robot is a symbol of advanced technology. Artist Orson Li crafted robot sculptures out of soda can with origami techniques and mortise-tenon structures to remind people not to forget traditional craftsmanship was how our ancestors built our world. It was a world filled with colors of individuality and people connected physically instead of virtually or digitally. Orson valued uniqueness and creativity, but the world today prefers conformity as industrialization and technology prevails.
In the world of CANBOT, each piece is crafted from soda can aluminium plate with original color and patterns. It involves process of upcycle and spirit of “Can-do”. Robots and technology are meant to create a better place for humans, but Orson foresees the future with overflowing technology that produces excessive electronic wastes along with conflicts of robots taking over human jobs. He believes that we can always reverse the situation with “Can-do” spirit to make the world a better place.
He hopes his robot artwork will lead us to think about what is the original intention of building robots and developing technology.