Wolverhampton School of Art

Robot Cossey, BA (Hons) Degree Fine Art Sculpture 2001

Robot has been working as a self-employed wood/stone sculptor/ community artist since graduating in 2001.
He specialises in the design and fabrication of site-specific artworks for public spaces, collaborating with other artists, architects, planners and engineers on projects. Working with individuals, the community, conservation/environmental groups and schools to create sculptures and furniture that enhance parks, school grounds and gardens.

His recent work has included:

  • A commission from Solihull Council to produce three sculptures for a new refurbished park in Shirley. The sculptures were carved from oak trees that had been felled in the park, they were: a giant tortoise, a training shoe bench and a wildlife totem pole.
  • Producing a Lampton worm, greenman, an owl and two wildlife totems for the new play area at Bilston Church of England primary school in Bilston.
  • Carving a Kestrel out of an existing tree and a bat roosting box in the shape of a bat. Both artworks are now situated alongside the canal walk in Smethwick, West Midlands!

He told us: “As an artist I am interested in the relationship between people and the environment. Shapes found in nature inspire me. My work explores the balance between nature and culture.

“I enjoy working with the given qualities of the living material, which have hidden within them the history of belonging to the natural environment.

“Studying at the University of Wolverhampton helped me to develop as an artist in many ways; not only through the skills that I learned whilst studying but also from the professional advice and expertise the staff were able to offer me. They gave me a valuable insight into what to expect after University and helped me to become a self-employed artist.”

For further information on his work you can visit Robot’s website: www.robotcosseysculpture.com