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|Dan Walker's Recycled Creatures|
Robot Monkeys made of toys running wild in the streets. That would catch your attention, right?
Miami's Dan Walker knows that, and as the founder of the "Robot Monkey Sports Network, a collective dedicated to improving Robot Monkey/human relations and promoting the use of recycled material in art," he's at the forefront all things robot-monkey. We should all rest a bit easier with that knowledge.
Walker creates art using recycled materials, largely used and discarded toys, and in addition to exhibiting them - he's had shows in Miami, New York, and Vienna - he has a penchant for letting his creatures wander into the wild. During Art Basel, Walker had 10 of his monkeys hanging over NW Second Avenue between 28th Street and 21st Street. But, much to his dismay, his recycled menagerie was undone by the likes of collectors and city workers. According to Walker, though, "the Robot Monkeys shall always rise again."More »