Ronnie van Hout
aluminium, patinated bronze and steel
Monash University Public Art Commission, 2014
Monash University Collection
Location: Corner of Research Way & Rainforest Walk, Clayton campus
Ronnie van Hout's Dayton, an oversized sculpture of a seated humanoid robot, has made its home opposite the New Horizons building at Monash University's Clayton campus. Van Hout's sculpture encourages us to think about the increasing human-like nature of robots and our intensifying reliance on technology.
Dayton riffs off Minimalist sculpture and its relationship to the human body. From certain viewpoints the robot appears as if a simple collection of rectangular and square forms, from other positions his figuration becomes clear. Dayton has been carefully sited to introduce an element of surprise into the public space of the campus. Rather than marking a walkway or plaza in an official manner, the large robot sits casually on a grassy hill – just as any student might.