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Ronald McDonald House Chicago Donor Wall: Robot Assemblage

My Robot By Shel Silverstein

 I told my robot to my biddin’

He yawned and said, “You must be kiddin’.”

I told my robot to cook me a stew.

He said, “I got better things to do.”

I told my robot to sweep my shack.

He said. “You want me to stain my back?”

I told my robot to answer the phone.

He said, ‘ I must make some calls of my own.”

I told my robot to brew me some tea.

He said, “Why don’t you make tea for me?”

I told my robot to boil me an egg.

He said, “First– – lemme hear you beg.”

I told my robot, “There’s a song you can play me.”

He said, “How much are you gonna pay me?”

So I sold that robot, ‘cause I never knew

Exactly who belonged to who.

 80 unique doors will be showcased on two gallery walls in the main public area of the Ronald McDonald House being built in the heart of downtown Chicago near Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. The doors are meant to symbolize the philosophy that ” The doors of Ronald McDonald House are always open for you.”  To learn more click on the following links:

Materials used: 

  • Everything under the sun!

Process: Assemblage of found objects from Rhett Johnson’s crazy collection of goodies. Where is the door you ask? Grab a hold of the little lucky #7 knob and it will open the robot’s main hatch. From there, you can explore its little yellow refrigerator “LOVE” magnets and other hidden treats!







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Chris - February 17, 2012 - 8:14 am

I love the magic of children’s books! I have a 15 month old and a 4 year old. I love watching my 4 year old free fall into imaginative play. Sometimes, when I come home from work, our driveway is filled with whimsical sidewalk chalk drawings that comes with a story or two. It’s one of many wonderful activities that fills our families time.

It was fun making the robot door. My artist friend, Rhett Johnson, allowed me come out and play for the day in his fabrication studio. On his farm he has not a pig, but an enormous tin warehouse filled with a gazillion odd parts and pieces, some of which became Mr. Bot.

Thanks for sharing your story.

Jenni Bayless - February 16, 2012 - 3:59 pm

Last summer my kids memorized some of the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems. My son would “read” Gerald’s lines and my daughter would “read” Piggie’s. This door reminds me of one of their favorites in the series called “My Friend is Sad.” We even attempted to draw the robot illustration from the book with sidewalk chalk. Fun Times!

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