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​ARTIST:  Nam June Paik
DATE:  1992
LOCATION:  Originally commissioned and installed at the new America West Arena, 201 E. Jefferson (subsequently renamed US West Arena), the work was removed in 2002, when a renovation significantly altered the arena atrium. Paik’s sculpture since has been exhibited temporarily at the Phoenix Art Museum, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Scottsdale Center for the Arts.
TYPE:  Sculpture
MATERIAL:  TV monitors (electronics)
BUDGET:  $130,000
ZIP CODE:  85003
DISTRICT:  7​


​​Paik’s vibrant video and neon sculpture featured three robot figures flanking doorways leading from the food court to the arena. The robots' metal framework holds 61 television monitors. Elongated neon panels link the robots’ raised arms. Paik designed three video channels to activate the head, torso, and arms/legs of each figure.  His neon panels depict symbols of human communication, technology and biology. The landmark work epitomizes the intense video experiences that Paik pioneered in electronic media.​