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"I'm strictly an ivory-tower person. I can explain things but I can't do things."
- Isaac Asimov

Light-Sculpture  
  A creative work that was both sculpture and light.  

Can robots be creative?

And then, of course, there was her light-sculpture. How Mrs. Lardner discovered her own genius at the art, no guest at her many lavish entertainments could guess. On each occasion, however, when her house was thrown open to guests, a new symphony of light shone throughout the rooms; three curves and solids in melting color, some pure and some fusing in startling, crystalline effects that bathed every guest in wonder...

...Many people who could afford light consoles prepared light-sculptures for amusement, but no one could approach Mrs. Lardner's expertise.

From Light Verse, by Isaac Asimov.
Published by Saturday Evening Post in 1973
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As it turns out, it is Max, Mrs. Lardner's robot, who is the "creative" genius. Until he gets fixed.

"You adjusted him?" she shrieked. "But it was he who created by light-sculptures. It was the maladjustment, the maladjustment, which you can never restore, that - that..."

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