“Wheeee!!!” cries Lovebot

19 February 2015 – No capital-W Walk this week. At least, not with my feet. As I observe on my About page, I walk with my feet “and in my mind as well.” Some pretty exciting mind-walking this week, and I promise to say more about it, but not quite yet.

Meanwhile, my feet did take me through the Dundas St. East railway underpass near Logan. And look, a new mural has joined the gallery …

Matthew Del Degan  lovebots at RR underpass, Dundas E w. of Logan

Don’t you love it when Mummy Bot goes out and plays in the snow with the kiddies?

I’ve finally attached a name & purpose to this lovebot phenomenon, being found in increasing forms & quantity all around town. Toronto-based Matthew Del Degan thought up the image a few years ago, initially creating little hand-cast concrete sculptures that he dotted here & there, each dedicated to someone he felt had committed a local act of kindness.

The idea: “Disrupt the robotic routines of humans and remind them that there is love in their cities and kindness around every corner.”

Del Degan & volunteers to the cause have been creating more sculptures (& now murals & other items) ever since. They are also urging you out there — yes, you! right there in your own city! — to join in.

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  1. susan Corbin

     /  20 February 2015

    Love Matthews work, am impressed Mommy Bot is not holding a cell phone. Take care of those feet. s.x

  2. Such fun – these guys are so obviously having a good time! Great photo with that touch of snow at the bottom.

    • Yes, the snow really makes the image, doesn’t it? I don’t think it will be quite so much fun with summer grass instead.


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