Artist Sküt (Scott Lewallen) and Serve Robotics debuted a new collaboration called Marsha, a rainbow-colored delivery robot in honor of Pride Month. The unveiling of the new pride robot took place in front of Pink Dot on the Sunset Strip today at 8495 Santa Monica Boulevard this afternoon. West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tem John Erickson and council member Chelsea Byers presented Sküt with a Proclamation recognizing him as a queer artist in West Hollywood.
“We’re honored to partner with Sküt for our first artist collaboration, honoring LGBTQ history for Pride Month,” says Ali Kashani, Co-Founder and CEO of Serve Robotics. “West Hollywood has been our community since we started, and at Serve we recognize its diversity as a strength. This is one small way we can amplify that story.”
“As one of the founding companies to utilize Serve, we are excited and honored to host this new Pride delivery robot Marsha in the innovative and creative city of West Hollywood,” said Sol Yamini, owner of Pink Dot on the Sunset Strip.
“I see these robots all over Weho,” said Sküt. “So I pitched a Pride art collab to Serve. Their team loved the concept, and we ran with it. We pay homage to trailblazers who sacrificed so much for us to champion our rights, liberties, and ongoing progress today,” concludes Sküt. “Love is Love, and art is vital to celebrating humanity through creativity and happiness.”
The artwork merges artist Gilbert Baker’s original 1978 eight-color Rainbow Pride Flag with the modern 2018 “Progress Pride” flag by Daniel Quasar highlighting Trans and POC communities. Attendees were given limited edition prints at the event.
“As a designer I love to solve problems visually. I looked at historical pride flag iterations and wanted to upgrade those colors for a variety of modern mediums,” Sküt elaborates “I crafted this harmonious spectrum into a pop-art inspired graphic illustration to honor the past and embrace the present with a fresh 13-color ‘Pride Fusion’ design.”
Marsha, the Serve Robotics Pride delivery robot, is named after the late Marsha P. Johnson, a queer liberation trans activist and self-identified drag queen who was prominent in the 1969 Stonewall uprising. Johnson was a courageous and inspiring advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and is remembered as a hero and icon.
“I’m so excited to see Serve and Pink Dot partnering with WeHo’s very own Sküt to honor our history’s past with this amazing design of Marsha. I look forward to seeing her prideful colors all around West Hollywood.”
About The Artist
Sküt @inkedbyskut (Scott Lewallen) is a LA native, featured West Hollywood local artist and muralist, and member of Artlounge Collective. He has exhibited at Mondrian Los Angeles, Aquarium of the Pacific, The Artist Tree, TAG Gallery, The Other Art Fair, and V Wine Room Weho. You know Scott as original designer and Co-Founder of Grindr (the world’s largest social network for gay, bi, trans, and queer people) and advocate for LGBTQ and environmental causes. Sküt teaches paint & sketch art classes in local venues like Or Bar Weho and The Studio Lounge at The Artist Tree. New art by Sküt is currently showing at Artlounge, on La Brea at Beverly.