UPDATE: The images below are actually guerrilla street art collectively called stikman images (lower case ‘s’, no ‘c’). Good write-ups can be found at the Boston U Quad and the Washington Post. There are also large Flickr groups (for example, here and here) which collect the various stikman images (aka robot tiles) across North America. Really neat!
Early this morning, before I headed out to the lake for more sampling, I was browsing my usual photography links. One led to a slide show of images captured with the very “last roll of Kodachrome“. Given that my family has long used Kodachrome to capture our memories, it was fun to go through Steve McCurry‘s work. I experienced a real sense of deja vu when I saw his Image #21, a scrunched-up yellow robot pasted on the streets of New York:
Why? Because of this photograph which I took in downtown Toronto near Bloor Street in June:
While the Toronto robot is far less squished up and more square, its chest and face design are very similar to the one in New York. A coincidence? It would be really interesting to find out the story behind both robots!