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Fraley's Robot Repair was an installation in Pittsburgh's Cultural District from November 2011 to May 2013. In 2012 it was the recipient of the Mayor's Award for Public Art.

 

It was a shop stuck in a time warp -- a scene from an alternate reality. Simultaneously in the 1950s and the future. The shop's owners seem to have gone on some sort of extended vacation, leaving disassembled robots on the worktable.

 

Every 9-12 days the "Lonely Robot" trapped inside would plot his escape or find new ways to occupy his time. A handful of his activities  are shown at the link to the left.

 

An article summing up the entire projected can be found on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's website.

 

A "business" website, www.pghrobotrepair.com, for the fictional shop adds to the realism. It has been archived and will stay active for the foreseeable future.  Be sure to check out the "Satisfied Customers" page consisting of photos submitted by fans of the shop.