big red robot - becoming human - burning man 2015

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Big Red Robot aka Becoming Human, by Christian Ristow

Becoming Human is a 30-foot tall sculpture of a robot, which occasionally smells the flower in its right hand. The sculpture hopes to inspire viewers to ask questions about interplay between technology and nature, the rapid humanizing of robots, and the value of slowing down to appreciate little things.

The sculpture was previously featured at the Coachella 2014 festival. It was inspired by robot drawings Christian had done for his young son, and by the children's book "The Story of Ferdinand" in which a bull would rather smell flowers than fight.

Photo taken at the Burning Man 2015 festival (Black Rock Desert, Nevada).