The Love-Bot, a brand new interactive art installation for Bestival 2015, will be the centrepiece showstopper at this year’s festival. 8 metres tall and weighing four tons, it will use “love-detectors” to sense affection from the audience and convert it into an amorous display of lights and visuals. CR gets an exclusive first look…
Shown above: The Love-Bot head in its current state in the workshop
Tying in with this year’s theme Summer of Love, the giant ‘sleeping’ robot comes to life when he’s shown love and affection by festival-goers. “The idea that he is in limbo and when he sees love he kind of gets all flustered, he’ll blush, his eyes will turn into hearts, his ears will smoke, butterflies might flutter around in his tummy,” Beatrix Eden from Nottingham-based Shipshape Arts tells us, who are building the Love-Bot. “We will have somebody sitting away from him discreetly, keeping an eye out, and then we will be able to press the right buttons to make him respond.”
“It’s designed to look like a giant tin toy, that’s been standing rusting for years,” she continues. “It has a metal truss that stands on a metal plinth, with a steel and scaffolding frame. It was then clad with timber sections and then we’ve had teams of artists come in and paint it up. We are going to feature lots of lighting effects inside it, effects that will be sparked off by the robot seeing people hugging, kissing or giving it a kiss. There will be LED screens in its belly that will relay messages.”
The Love-Bot is expected to be active from 11am until 8pm everyday, but with lighting effects still used while he lays dormant the rest of the time.
Original sketch for the Love-Bot
“We worked quite closely with Josie da Bank