"Earth’s distant orb appeared the smallest light that twinkles in the heaven; whilst round the chariot’s way innumerable systems rolled and countless spheres diffused an ever-varying glory. It was a sight of wonder: some were hornèd like the crescent moon; some shed a mild and silver beam like Hesperus o'er the western sea; some dashed athwart with trains of flame, like worlds to death and ruin driven; some shone like suns, and as the chariot passed, eclipsed all other light." From "Queen Mab" by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1813)

Monday, 22 February 2010

The Folk Art Of Cactus County part #2

This piece "Red Star Robot" is acrylic on wood, incorporating a reclaimed bathroom fitting for the "emoto-switch". In this picture it's set to "evil" but you can change the setting on the actual painting to "good". Like "El Bandito" there is text to go with the painting.

Carson’s Robotics: The Cactus County Robot Factory

The people of Cactus County are enthusiastic about new technologies and passionate about NASA and space exploration. Why is this?

Although at best details are sketchy, Carson’s Robotics [formerly Carson’s Blacksmith & Stables] is known to have some pivotal involvement in space exploration, supplying equipment, knowhow and people to NASA. Ask someone from Carson’s exactly what they do and they’ll tell you they “make robots” but you won’t get much else out of them. Much of the work undertaken by the Carson’s workforce is top secret, and though a warm and friendly people in Cactus County, they do not like talking about what happens inside Carson’s Robot Factory.

Carson’s most controversial robot to date was the “Red Star” robot range. “Red Star” robots were fitted with a front mounted “emoto-switch”, a device intended to replicate human emotions. However, developmental problems resulted in only two workable settings, “good” and “evil”.

Whilst in the “good” setting a “Red Star” robot was a boon in the home and workplace. However, it was found to be troublesome when set to “evil”. After an attempt by several robots to take over control of the earth and enslave all humankind, it was decided to withdraw “Red Star” robots from service until further R & D in automated emotional responses could be undertaken by the Carson’s team. All robots already in general circulation were recalled.

However, there are rumours that one “Red Star” robot escaped the recall and crossed the border into Mexico. No-one at Carson’s will comment on this.

More of The Folk Art Of Cactus County later.

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