Does PIT Airport need a robot repair shop?

A kickstarter crowd funding campaign is underway to bring a robot repair shop to Pittsburgh International Airport.

PIT Robot logo

It’s not to help out all the PIT passengers who break their robots in transit. It’s to give a new home to a popular public art installation that was once in downtown Pittsburgh.

Toby Atticus Fraley’s original Robot Repair Shop was an 18-month art pop-up shop that depicted a fictitious business described as looking as if the owners left for vacation, “leaving robots in various stages of repair, including one peering through the store windows longing for life in the outside world.”


If funding to reconstitute the Robot Repair Shop is secured, the new installation will look much like original shop but will be three times the size and located at the airport on Concourse A near Southwest Airlines gate A15.

Want to help bring this odd, charming art project to PIT?

Visit the Robot Repair Shop website and kick in a few bucks to help the ‘shop’ open by September 2015. Thank-you gifts for pledges include logo stickers, note cards, branded pencils, buttons, t-shirts, a cool pilot-like metal wings pin, coffee mugs, a special edition Viewmaster and more robot repair-themed stuff.