In 2010 Springfield handyman Travis Taylor built a sculpture of a robot, named it "Sybia," and stood it on his front lawn next to his driveway. Ten feet tall, the robot was assembled mostly from parts salvaged from an old motorcycle: the gas tank was the head, the exhaust pipes were a jet pack, the drive chain was an ammunition belt for an arm-mounted Gatling gun.
Springfield's authorities were not amused. They told Travis that the robot was a traffic hazard and violated zoning laws. They ordered him to either remove his robot or the town would do it for him -- probably with bad results for the robot.
The Springfield Art Association came to the rescue. It provided a safe haven for Sybia, which is now part of the Association's sculpture garden. The garden is on the front lawn of a local historic home and the robot is still visible from the street, but it's apparently no longer a traffic hazard.