Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: 20-Foot-Tall Transformer Robot

A big yellow-and-black transformer, "Arch" mimicks recognizable girders and beams from Pittsburgh's many bridges. By LA artist Glenn Kaino.
Address:
1000 Airport Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA
Directions:
Indoors at Pittsburgh International Airport. On the ticketing level, near US Air.
Admission:
Free
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20 Ft. Tall Tranformer Robot

"Arch" isn't missing, he went away for some R and R, or restoration, in September 2011.

[Myrtle Groggins, 03/11/2012]

The big robot made of bridges was erected in 2009, and was only supposed to stay for a few months. But people loved it, so it stood until late 2011, when the weather finally forced its removal. It was restored and re-erected, this time permanently, indoors at Pittsburgh's airport in early June 2013.

20-Foot-Tall Transformer Robot

I went downtown get a picture of the robot on Saturday night February 18, 2012 and it has been removed. I don't know when it disappeared. I had seen it many times and just when I go to get a picture of it, it is gone.

[Paul Kasel, 02/22/2012]

Transformer robot in the snow.

20-Foot-Tall Transformer Robot

Very neat. Not all that impressive though. Especially if your husband makes you stop when it's 15 degrees out and snowing. :D

[Evillswissmiss, 01/08/2010]
20-Foot-Tall Transformer Robot

A yellow-and-black transformer was built by an LA-based artist in 2009 as part of Pittsburgh's 250th birthday celebration. The robot is made of recognizable girders and beams from Pittsburgh's many bridges, several of which stretch up and down the river just across the street. Pittsburgh is known as the "City of Bridges."

The robot looks impressive, but it's partly made of plastic, so it probably won't last until the wonderful future when the real Transformers rule the earth. We'd advise getting to see it quickly.

Some local sculptors were so annoyed that a California artist was chosen to make a robot for Pittsburgh that they vowed to make their own robot -- but thus far it has failed to materialize.

[12/03/2009]

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