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56 x 28 x 14 in. (142.24 x 71.12 x 35.56 cm)

Clayton Bailey (Antigo, Wisconsin, 1939 – 2020, Port Costa, California)

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Aluminum with clock
Credit Line: Gift of Clayton and Betty Bailey with additional support from the Collection Committee, in honor of the San Jose Museum of Art's 35th Anniversary
Accession Number: 2003.25.02


Robots: Evolution of a Cultural Icon
, April 12, 2008 - October 19, 2008, New Wing, Second Floor, North, Central Skylight, and South Metro A Galleries, San José Museum of Art.

Inside Out: Selections from the Permanent Collection, November 20, 2004 - July 9, 2006, New Wing, Second Floor, South Metro A and Central Skylight Galleries, San José Museum of Art.

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Inside Out: Selections from the Permanent Collection (2004-2006)

In 1971, Clayton Bailey began building wacky robots from found-metal objects and vintage appliances. To animate the otherwise stationary creatures, Bailey adds blinking lights and humorous sound devices, thereby imbuing each creature with its own distinct personality. is watchful and reserved as he silently counts the minutes, surveying the scene before him with flashing red eyes. , on the other hand, seems flirtatious and playful with her buxom chest and voluptuous, hourglass figure. Animated and frisky, looks up expectantly, begging for attention. Despite their quirky personalities, this robot family is both intriguing and thought provoking. Viewers are invited to consider the myriad ways in which the “past lives” of objects such as brake pedals, teapots, desk lamps, and clocks inform the sculpture.

Location Latitude: Bay D in front of shelves in crate, Longitude: Bay D current location

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