Public Sculptures by Ryan McGuire seen at South Linn Street, Iowa City - Iowa City Robot
Public Sculptures by Ryan McGuire seen at South Linn Street, Iowa City - Iowa City Robot
Context & Credits
Item Iowa City Robot
Created by Ryan McGuire
As seen in South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA

Iowa City Robot

Public Sculptures by Ryan McGuire, as seen in South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA

Item Details
I love when art can be used to fix and improve dilapidated parts of a city. When art is designed to complement the natural shapes and features of a location it visually enhances the space and is more likely to be accepted by the community.

The Iowa City Robot takes this approach to the extreme. This doorway was not only a horrible eyesore but also a frequent place for people to relieve themselves after a long night of drinking. My design incorporates hundreds of hand-cut and painted pieces of wood, intricately organized to form this giant vintage-inspired robot. In addition to the art, I built a door and replaced a lot of the rotted wood so that the installation had a solid foundation to ensure years of enjoyment.

Meet the Creator

Ryan McGuire

Ryan McGuire

Granville, OH

I was born and raised in Upstate New York and now live in the middle of Ohio in an awesome place called Granville with my wife and cat. I started a design company about eight years ago called Bells Design, and I'm still paying the bills designing identities and websites for clients all around the world. I picked the company name because I've worn 50 bells around my ankles every day for about 14 years. It’s amazing how many strangers approach me and ask about the bells. On a nice day, typically 10 to 15 people will start a conversation with me after hearing the jingling. These conversations have led to friendships, unique collaborations, and smiling faces.

I'm always working on some type of art project. I have a creative hunger that I just need to continue to feed. Most of these artistic endeavors I do for free to support my community or a good cause. It's special how art can bring people together and strengthen a community's bond. I make art to share a part of my imagination with the world. Most of my creations are whimsical and are made simply to make people happy. It's hard not to smile when you see a yellow and purple polka-dotted monster truck with goofy eye and a mouth driving down the street :)

I'm a self-proclaimed anti-procrastinator, and I'm always excited and willing to try something new, especially when it comes to making art. The more I do, the more I can do.

Available for commission/custom work