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BattleBot Artist-In-Resident David Fay starts sculpting inside the BattleBots pit area.
(Photo courtesy of Tony Woodward Photography)
LAS VEGAS ARTIST DAVID FAY ANNOUNCED AS FIRST-EVER ARTIST-IN-
RESIDENCE FOR ROBOT COMBAT SHOW BATTLEBOTS
LAS VEGAS (August 2021) – Local Las Vegas artist David Fay has been selected as
the first-ever Artist-in-Residence for the hit Discovery Channel TV show “BattleBots.”
The world’s premier robot combat competition which has found a new home in Las
Vegas has commissioned artist David Fay to create a one-of-a-kind sculpture
constructed exclusively using destroyed and otherwise disgarded pieces of the more
than 65 bots battling in the World Championships this week. Fay is currently gathering
materials and building on site, the direction and design of the sculpture will be
determined entirely on what inspires him and how the pieces come together. The final
piece will be photographed and revealed on Sept. 5 and will be on display in Las Vegas
at a yet-to-be-announced location.
Fay’s artistic style is popular for being whimsical and imaginative which transforms
memories and nostaglia into magical creations viewers can touch and relive. He is most
widely known for his life-size sculpture titled “On Second Thought” created as a
memorial to honor those who tragically passed during the Oct. 1 Route 91 massacre in
Las Vegas. This famous piece was created almost entirely out of parts and ammo from
more than 600 decommissioned guns and shaped into the form of the classic sculpture
“The Thinker” created by Auguste Rodin. A compliation video of Fay’s other works of art
can also be viewed here.
For Fay, using art was a way to heal from a past peppered with battling a learning
disability and depression stemming from PTSD. It was only through the advice of a
doctor and later a grief counselor that he began to really create art on a daily basis. One
of the very first galleries showcasing his work was was Jana’s RedRoom in the Arts
Factory in Downtown Las Vegas. Gallery owner Jana Lynch allowed Fay to show his
work and pushed him to volunteer encouraging him to interact with visitors rather than
self-isolating which resulted in him living a more fulfilled life. Art is now a huge part of
Fay’s daily life and it’s through art that he looks at life with a whole new perspective.
“My entire life, visiting art galleries and museums were always a quiet experience and
always specifically a hands-off experience. Now, the art I create is interactive, auditory
and hands-on. I love that people get to touch and step into my world and be a part of
the art experience I created for them,” says David Fay, BattleBots Artist-in-Residence.
Tickets to the BattleBots 2021 World Championships filmed at Caesars Entertainment
Studios on the Las Vegas Strip are on sale now starting at $40. For more information
and to purchase tickets, click here.
BattleBots is the world leader in robot fighting sports. For over 20 years BattleBots has
brought the joy of glorious robot fighting to TV and live audiences around the world.
BattleBots remains the most popular robotic combat sport in the world, created by Ed
Roski and Greg Munson and now seen in over 150 countries. Produced by BattleBots,
Inc. and Whalerock Industries, executive producers are Chris Cowan, Edward (Trey)
Roski, Greg Munson, Tom Gutteridge, Aaron Catling and Evan Gatica. For Discovery
Channel, Scott Lewers, Joseph Boyle and Wyatt Channell serve as executive
producers, and Paola Espinosa as associate producer.
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