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FHM Malaysia RoboSteel Feature: Reduce, Reuse and Roll-Out

The best thing to do with steel junk is not to melt them, but to summon the RoboSteel Autobots

The recycling fad is nothing new. Hippies and NGOs have been pestering us to properly organise and dispose our rubbish for decades. But it’s only now that it’s become popular because plastic bags costs money and because it’s sofa king hot. Maybe the recycling campaign would’ve got off to a much better start if they used such time-tested, classic mascots: massive robots and hot babes.

RoboSteel is a creative sculpture design and steel construction company based in Ireland. They make everything from Darth Vader to a frog bongo drummer, and they’re all made from recycled cars, trucks, ships, aeroplanes and motorbikes. Today, the RoboSteel team consists of 12 hand-picked steel fabrication engineers, who aren’t just expert steel constructors and designers, but also very creative artists. If they’re building a small sculpture (such as their best-selling frog sculptures), it could take a minimum of two hours or a maximum of a week. If they are building something epic (such as the 2.5-metre Optimus Prime), it could take six to 12 weeks.

If you look around RoboSteel’s website (www.robosteel.com), you’ll notice that quite a lot of its sculptures are from comics and movies. We think they are pretty damn cool, but wouldn’t some people (i.e. pesky intellectual property lawyers) think they are copyright infringements? According to RoboSteel “Although our sculptures can mimic iconic comic and movie characters, they are not exact replicas. “All of our sculptures are hand-made and are not mass- produced. Our use of recycled materials is very green and complements the environmental policies of large companies.” RoboSteel has some very impressive customers including commissions from companies such as ActiVision and Google. In fact, they often ask their more than 70,000 Twitter followers for ideas. So if you’ve been aching for a life- sized steel Doraemon, tweet away.

Model: Piyanuch Chanphet | Photographer: Edina Valentova | Publication FHM Malaysia | Sculpture: RoboSteel

Posted by Piya on 05/04/2011

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