A portray created by a robotic canine bought for $40,000 at a charity public sale to lift cash for Ukrainian refugees.
The piece, Dawn March, was painted within the New York studio of Polish-American artist Agnieszka Pilat. The canine, “Spot,” is a creation of Boston Dynamics and retails on-line for a cool $75,000.
The public sale took place Friday night at the San Francisco house of Olympic gold-medal determine skater Brian Boitano and his husband, singer Franc D’Ambrosio. Proceeds from the present will go on to the Polish Dominican Friars, who’re offering support on the entrance strains of the battle.
The public sale was half of a bigger ticketed occasion which has to this point raised greater than $250,000
“Spot and I, collectively now we have created Dawn March as a present to assist elevate funds for the care of the Ukrainian refugees arriving in Poland,” Pilat stated.
“This portray is executed by the robotic’s marching toes, as a lyrical metaphor for the toes of thousands and thousands of refugees marching in the direction of Poland in hope of escaping the conflict,” she added. “As a Polish artist, I really feel nice solidarity with the Ukrainian folks, with whom Poland has a shared historical past of combating totalitarian Russia.”
“It’s particularly painful to see photos of outdated folks marching. They’ve seen it earlier than. I don’t see how they will hand over,” Pilat continued. “If I had been dwelling in Poland and the Russians got here, I’d moderately die than let the Russian regime harass us and enslave us.”
Pilat, 48, has developed one thing of a distinct segment for herself within the New York Metropolis and Silicon Valley artwork scene for her depictions of robots and other automatons.