Meet the Maker: Shane Evans

shane “… don’t just think about doing it, DO IT. You gotta start somewhere.” Shane Evans is the Maker behind Robot Resurrection – a towering, human piloted articulating sculpture made from 95% recycled parts. We spoke with Shane as he was working on his newest creation — an art-car sculpture.   Were you always something of a Maker? As a kid I pretty much tore everything apart. I would rework things and put them back together in a way they weren’t designed for. Really I’m still just kind of a big kid who enjoys working on things. Where did the idea for Robot Resurrection come from? I was building these smaller robots for a period of time. When I used to live in New York City, I picked up trash and made a 10 foot robot I had planned to plant back on the street. I wanted to do that from street to street, but once I finished I couldn’t part with it. That was about 10 years ago. Later I went to Burning Man which has a giant scale of art all in one place – art from all different genres. It was stuff that blew my mind and I wanted to be in that arena. I wanted to have that mind-blowing effect on people. I loved that feeling and wanted to share it. So that’s where it started. I got in contact with an airplane junkyard, spent a little time developing a relationship with the people there, and then spent 8 months solid working on Robot Resurrection. shane 2 What’s one thing you’d like people to come away with after seeing Robot Resurrection? That we’ve all become robots. It bothers me that I don’t feel like I have a say, that I’ve been doing what I’ve been programmed to do. I take inspiration from that frustration. Maybe I can’t change things, but I can make a statement in a big way. So if we’re all robots, it’s time to check ourselves in our lives and not be so wasteful. The Robot is a recycled piece, so if your vacuum cleaner breaks, are you just going to toss it and buy another or check to see if it’s just a blown fuse? What was the tricky part about building the Robot? The nice thing about recycled objects is that it forces you to work with what you have. You have this object in your hand, you need it to swing or move a certain direction, and you just have to make it work – cutting, welding, milling and drilling to make it work. It’s a little trial and error all along the way. How did you learn these skills? I’m mostly self-taught. Sometimes I’d do research or get on YouTube but mostly I just feel it out. You don’t have to overwork things. If it doesn’t work, you remake it. I’m a really self-reliant person. If I can’t do it myself, I probably shouldn’t be doing it is my philosophy. RobotResMakerFaireSF What would you say to someone who wants to build something, but hesitates? You can dream it and overthink it and talk yourself out of it, but you just have to do it. Anything like this is a risk and it’s a certain kind of person who decides that they have this idea and just have to follow it through. So don’t just think about doing it, DO IT. You gotta start somewhere. What’s the coolest thing about being a Maker? Something I never considered until I did a large scale public art piece: just sharing it, seeing people interact with it and being blown away by it all like I was. facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterest