What was 1 robot soon morphed into many of different styles and colors. On the aforementioned corner I discovered a series of 3 robots each at a different crosswalk; all were unique. As I explored the city I found more than a dozen. They are all mysterious, anonymous and somehow captivating. One is smoking a pipe and has an unintelligible plaque next to it. Someone went to great lengths to create them and inconspicuously place them in a conspicuous place and secure them…..permanently. For me this street art was so creative and incredibly provocative. Nobody knows who does it and no one takes credit. It is art for the sake of art. Nobody is getting rich, but thousands see it each day and many take note.
President Monson’s now famous advice to Elder Carl B. Cook of the Seventy (after a rough day at the office) was: “It’s better to look up.” (General Conference Oct 2011) Perspective is sometimes the only thing that gets us through a day. But President Monson also said: “Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey.” (General Conference Oct 2008) This trip taught me that joy in the journey can exist at street level.
Thank heaven for art for art’s sake. Thank heaven that God gives us the opportunity to find amusement and distraction on a journey and–depending on our perspective–full-blown joy and wonder at little things. As we look to Him, I think we can be given the grace to find joy in almost everything.
|Crosswalk Robot (aka Stikman) next to a Toynbee tile|
|close-up of above shows pipe-smoking robot|
|Same robot at a different intersection|