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Therapy partners with artist to benefit local nonprofit

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Posted at 3:12 PM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 19:22:12-04

Many people have been wondering about the rather unique pieces of art in front of Therapy restaurant in downtown Las Vegas.

The sculptures were created by renowned artist Joseph Jilbert.

Jilbert is known for creating his pieces strictly from discarded and recycled metal, turning trash into treasure since he was five years old. Creating whimsical sculptures of various sizes, ranging from a few inches tall to more than 45 feet in height, Jilbert has relocated some of the art to Downtown Las Vegas from his home state of Louisiana. Jilbert creates his sculptures using everything from scrap metal to old kitchen utensils, car parts to discarded machinery from major corporations.

Therapy teamed up with the Downtown Project to bring the sculptures to the Fremont East Entertainment District.

An open gallery event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 15 to introduce the artwork and the artist to the public. Jilbert will discuss the background and process for creating each piece while answering any questions. Each sculpture is available for sale and 10 percent of each purchase will be donated to St. Jude's Ranch for Children.

Therapy will continue to showcase Jilbert’s artwork and will also be encouraging metal donations of any kind to the restaurant, so the artist can continue his work. Jilbert also takes commissioned pieces and loans his sculptures for various time periods.