When we left the first rented loft and built out our own space, we no longer needed an army of sound sucking styrobots. However, at the time I was looking for creative lighting for the new space and had been discovering the gorgeous translucency of thin styrofoam sheets when backlit. I grabbed a shadeless lamp, held it behind this guy and he just about sprang to life! I placed him directly in front of the double doored entry to our basement loft and he kept us safe for another few years until we moved again.
Step 1: Collecting Materials
Another thing you probably don't realize is that most of your friends and neighbors have similar collections. When I started this project I posted a note on the forum for our 40 unit converted factory building. Over the next few days, about 100 different packaging inserts were left outside my door! I built four of these pieces and still had 50 or so to find a new home for.
Step 2: Designing and Building
When you're ready to start assembly you'll need some glue and pins, toothpicks, and/or clamps. I used Weldbond but I suspect any white glue like Elmers or something similar will work for this. You can check the web site www.ThisToThat.com to see other options for gluing styrofoam to itself, or anything to anything for that matter.
To start assembling your parts, spread a little glue on your connecting surfaces and pin or clamp them in place until set. I had to do this in stages to let the glue setup as the project grew. You could also use string to tie pieces in place until they set but don't pull it so tight it digs into the foam. Some folded paper or cardboard at the edges could help prevent this.
Step 3: Let There Be Light
All that's left is to park your new friend by the front door and put a light behind him. You can't see the cord in my image because i edited it out but I simply hung an Ikea drop pendant with no shade at the point that I thought gave me the most dramatic effect. You could also use any floor or table lamp that will put the light source where you want it.
There you go! You now have your very own globot robo-greeter! If you'd like to see more of my work you can visit my new Etsy Shop.