Local artist creates Vegas Strong sculpture

LAS VEGAS - An amazing sculpture honoring the victims of 1 October is looking for a permanent home.

Jay Rockow began the project about two weeks after the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. Like many people in southern Nevada, he had friends at the concert. He knew 150 people at the concert and two who were injured that night.

He wanted to create a permanent memorial to the victims where others could pay their respects.

It took countless hours of welding and more than 20 hours of laser cutting on three huge pieces of steel. Then the piece had to be powder coated before it was finished.

Rockow incorporated a fenced area around the sculpture where he says people can place locks in remembrance and leave a piece of themselves behind.

"I want somebody to look at this and say you know what, I was there that day, my friend's still here, my friend's still alive or you know what, I'm glad I didn't go that day or I lost a good friend. I just want people to know that there's always something there. Not something that's dreadful, not something gory. I just want it to be a gift to somebody," Rockow said.

He donated his welding skills, the laser cutting was donated by Ramsey and son and the powder coating was donated by Rand Proline.

They aren't looking for donations to cover expenses. This is a gift to the city.

What they are looking for is a place to put the sculpture. They're looking for suggestions from the public.


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