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He’s all nuts and bolts — for robots

Updated on: 08 January,2023 07:59 AM IST  |  New York
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Kids can’t get enough of this 61-year-old’s gigantic display of robots in his front lawn

He’s all nuts and bolts — for robots

Curt Gray has become the “robot man” of Long Island for his incredible sculptures

They’re big, they’re robots and they’re in his front lawn. New Yorker Curt Gray might have outgrown his childhood pants, but not his fetish for superheroes. And now the 61-year-old has taken to making bigger-than-life-sized robots, that glow-in-the-dark and attract people from far and wide.

“Around five to 20 people stop by my house every day. Kids desist going to school unless their moms let them see Batman, up and close,” said the tile contractor. The characters from Bruce Wayne, Gray’s big league, Cyborg, Superman and Wonder Woman along with Iron Man in his “Hulk smasher” suit top the list of his amazing displays.

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As a hyperactive kid, Gray loved art classes, and would enjoy exploring metal craft during his childhood. As a grown up, he took to crafting shelf-sized sculptures of favourite pop culture icons using old toys and household items. Over the decades, the pieces grew and grew, and, during the initial months of COVID-19, he started displaying these giant superheroes in his yard to “uplift spirits” in the neighbourhood. He uses recycled metals—car grills, parts of Radio Flyer wagons, base of stand-up basketball hoops, pieces of children’s beds, ride-on scooters and various other crafty materials found at yard sales and on the street, to create his robots.

While Gray is known for his front yard display, his backyard is not bereft of some out-of-the-box action. That’s where he constructs new robots and refurbishes old ones. He is currently on the route to bring back Frankenstein to life by putting together turkey pots and fence posts. A four-foot-long dog is also on his project list, which Gray’s supportive wife Anne Marie Labianco, insists bears much more resemblance to a dinosaur.

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