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Cubebot & Other Quirky Gift Ideas

Cubebot is available in multiple colors and sizes

Cubebot is available in multiple colors and sizes

Cubebot is available in multiple colors and sizes

Cubebot is available in multiple colors and sizes

With holiday shopping in full swing, it’s time to get inspired. Fortunately, at the Museum Store, there is no shortage of fun, unique gifts. Among my personal favorites is Cubebot.

Cubebot is a traditional toy with a new twist. Designed by Brooklyn-based artist David Weeks, this hardwood robot has elastic joints which allow him to bend out of his conventional cube form into hundreds of dynamic poses.

Despite his imposing size and Viking beard, Shane Richey is a kind and tolerant man.

Despite his imposing size and Viking beard, Shane Richey is a kind and tolerant man.

Cubebot has been a constant source of entertainment for the administrative staff at Crystal Bridges. Leave a Cubebot at your desk, and you never know what he’s going to be doing when you return. He could be standing unmoved; he could be gesturing indelicately at a report in your inbox that you’d been neglecting; and he could be clinging to the back of your computer, staring over the screen at you as you work—you may not notice him at first, but he’s there… watching. Some of our most fun Cubebot-centric shenanigans have involved Shanebot. Shanebot is a Cubebot that has been lovingly modified to resemble the Museum’s Digital Media Manager, Shane Richey.

Though at first, Shane was never directly exposed to his tiny wooden doppelganger,  he was nevertheless well aware of Shanebot’s existence. Shanebot became somewhat of a regular guest on Shane’s social networking feeds. Refresh the newsfeed, and there’s Shanebot getting a pedicure; there he is again painting what appears to be a goat.

In many ways, Cubebot really is a gift that keeps on giving. That little guy never failed to make us laugh.

Looking for other quirky gift ideas? Stop by the Museum Store. Check out these other fun options!

Shanebot, starving artist
Screaming Wallet featuring Edvard Munch's "The Scream."

Screaming Wallet featuring Edvard Munch’s “The Scream.”

A creature made with the Zolotopia Creativity Kit

A creature made with the Zolotopia Creativity Kit

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