OOS Sculpture

Metrobot

1988 / Nam June Paik / Cincinnati

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Metrobot, Nam June Paik, 1988, 27’tall. Steel, Interactive screens, mixed media

Nam June Paik’s “Metrobot” was a gift of Albert Vontz Jr to the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in 1988 to celebrate the city’s bicentennial. The 27 foot tall sculpture contained a working payphone, neon tubing, and a head that resembled a TV set. In 2014, the CAC refurbished “Metrobot” and brought him back as an arts ambassador for the city. Albert Vontz III, along with the Ralph V. Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation, funded the restoration of “Metrobot.” “Metrobot” now contains a monochromatic electronic display, a full color dynamic digital sign on his torso and an amber electronic message board that can broadcast videos.

Nam June Paik, a Korean American artist, is best known for his experimental video art. He played a major role in developing the artistic style in the neo-dada movement of the late 20th century and his work continues to inspire artists today. He crafted many of his pieces in Cincinnati at the Solway Gallery. In fact the Gallery’s current warehouse was purchased for Paik to use as a studio and workspace. Visit this incredible example of modern art and Cincinnati history in front of the CAC.

Location: 115 East Fifth Street

County

: Hamilton

Citation

: Nam June Paik, “Metrobot,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed September 26, 2021, https://oos.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/568.

Title

Metrobot

Description

Metrobot, Nam June Paik, 1988, 27’tall. Steel, Interactive screens, mixed media

Nam June Paik’s “Metrobot” was a gift of Albert Vontz Jr to the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in 1988 to celebrate the city’s bicentennial. The 27 foot tall sculpture contained a working payphone, neon tubing, and a head that resembled a TV set. In 2014, the CAC refurbished “Metrobot” and brought him back as an arts ambassador for the city. Albert Vontz III, along with the Ralph V. Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation, funded the restoration of “Metrobot.” “Metrobot” now contains a monochromatic electronic display, a full color dynamic digital sign on his torso and an amber electronic message board that can broadcast videos.

Nam June Paik, a Korean American artist, is best known for his experimental video art. He played a major role in developing the artistic style in the neo-dada movement of the late 20th century and his work continues to inspire artists today. He crafted many of his pieces in Cincinnati at the Solway Gallery. In fact the Gallery’s current warehouse was purchased for Paik to use as a studio and workspace. Visit this incredible example of modern art and Cincinnati history in front of the CAC.

Creator

Date

1988

Source

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/arts/2014/09/10/nam-june-paik-metrobot-relocated-to-cincinnati-contemporary-arts-center/15350139/

https://americanart.si.edu/artist/nam-june-paik-3670

https://www.signsofthetimes.com/content/cincinnatis-contemporary-arts-centers-welcomes-back-metrobot

Location City

Location County

Location Street

115 East Fifth Street

Location Type

Media Base Depth

3 ft 4 in

Media Sculpture Height

24 ft 11 in

Media Sculpture Width

10 ft

Media Sculpture Depth

3 ft 3 in

Media Base Height

1 ft 4 in

Media Base Width

10 ft