Robotic Lego Sisyphus Is All Of Us

Delegate your eternal torment to robots instead

LEGO Sisyphus
LEGO Sisyphus
Screenshot by author, from YouTube

What is the appropriate consequence for outwitting Death? The ancient Greek myth of Sisyphus tells us: eternal drudgery. The clever king, after outwitting Hades twice, was sentenced to an eternity of hard, repetitive labor: pushing a boulder up a hill, only to have it come tumbling down every time it reaches the summit. It’s a dark tragedy, a cruelly fitting punishment from ancient gods. But that was millennia ago. What’s the best way to get out of such a sentence today? Make a Lego robot push the boulder instead, for all eternity

The kinetic sculpture, built by Jason Allemann of JK Brickworks, stars a plastic version of the former Corinthian king, pushing eternally against a gently bobbing boulder. The robot walks in place but seems to heave with frustration, a fitting tribute to his eternal torment.

Watch Sisyphus below: