LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — On the day marking three years since the deadliest mass shooting in our nation's history, an art piece to "draw attention to America’s obsession with weapons" debuts in downtown Las Vegas.
Inspired by the 1 October shooting at Mandalay Bay in 2017, Las Vegas-based artist David Fay created “On Second Thought."
The piece depicts a human figure, made from 600 decommissioned weapons, sitting in the shape of Rodin’s famous sculpture, “The Thinker.” It was commissioned by the self-described activist art collective INDECLINE.
INDECLINE said in a press release:
58 bullets are embedded in the shoulders as a somber reminder of the 58 victims lost at Route 91. 1100 bullet casings line the wooden frame at the base of the sculpture, the same amount of approximate rounds fired into the crowd from the Mandalay Bay.
“On Second Thought" stands just over 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 250 pounds.
INDECLINE says it took Fay four months and over 750 man-hours to complete the piece.
The statue will be displayed to the public on Oct. 1 on the northeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street from 3 to 10 p.m.
Additionally, the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center offers resources to those affected by the shooting. Anyone struggling with emotional or mental health impacts related to the shooting can find help at VegasStrongRC.org.