After 14 years of continuous operation, a KUKA palletizing robot took up a new function in 2015, appearing as an art exhibit at the Italian art fair Paratissima in Turin.
From palletizing robot to objet d’art
The palletizing robot used to be in charge of keeping things orderly: untiring, meticulous and reliable, the KUKA robot spent 14 years sorting boxes of hinges used in furniture production. In November 2015, it gave up its role as a diligent organizer, embracing creative chaos instead. For this, professional body painters applied their skills to transforming the robot into a work of art. From 4 to 8 November 2015, it was on display at the renowned Italian art fair Paratissima in Turin. “The project was an unusual opportunity for us to share our modern robot technology with a group of people with whom we would otherwise rarely come into contact,” enthused Gian Luca Branca, CEO of KUKA Italy SpA.