Goldie 1971 - fallen robot giant.

Fallen Robot: Goldie 1971

Field review by the editors.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Collapsed and half-buried on Woods Quad, "Goldie 1971" was built by University of Alabama alumnus Joe McCreary. The rusted humanoid was meant to symbolize the collapse of Alabama's steel industry, particularly the shutdown of the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham in 1972.

Goldie 1971 - fallen robot giant.

In fact, the 23-foot-long robot is made from scrap iron cast at the Furnaces by McCreary in 2009. The robot's name was supposedly taken from graffiti left by a welder and discovered by McCreary while he was making the sculpture.

To us, Goldie looks a lot like the old Marx Toy "Big Loo" robot, which squirted water from its belly-button. But much more artistic, of course.

Fallen Robot: Goldie 1971

University of Alabama

Address:
Capstone Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL
Directions:
Woods Quad is north of Capstone Drive, between McCorvey Drive and 7th Street, on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa. From 7th St. enter quad between two three-story brick buildings.
Phone:
205-348-5967
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
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