Arizona artist shows off 'robotic' sculptures at Scottsdale Art Festival

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Doug Brannan of Globe, Arizona is an artist who seven years ago, left a full-time career in the broadcast industry to pursue his passion. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Doug Brannan of Globe, Arizona is an artist who seven years ago, left a full-time career in the broadcast industry to pursue his passion. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Brannanbuilds robots out of recycled materials. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Brannanbuilds robots out of recycled materials. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
In his seven years as an artist, he has built 165 robots. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) In his seven years as an artist, he has built 165 robots. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
More than 170 artists from across the country displayed their art, jewelryor simply their unique collectible items. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) More than 170 artists from across the country displayed their art, jewelryor simply their unique collectible items. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The 47th Annual Scottsdale Art Festival started on Friday and ended Sunday afternoon.

More than 170 artists from across the country displayed their art, jewelry or simply their unique collectible items.

Doug Brannan of Globe, Arizona is an artist who seven years ago, left a full-time career in the broadcast industry to pursue his passion.

“It was a little dream for me, I would love to do this. I would love to work with my hands and create something,” he said.

Brannan builds robots out of recycled materials such as an old GMC truck hubcap, an old Electrolux vacuum machine, oil cans and flashlights to name a few.

"I got this idea to build robots out of recycled items made out of junk, things that you find at yard sales, swap meets, things like that," he says.

In his seven years as an artist, he has built 165 robots. He says he appreciates it when people see the meaning behind his carefully crafted work.

"It's all about bringing back memories for people. They see this stuff that their mom had, their dad had,” he says.

The festival manager Jamie Prins says all of the artists bring their own uniqueness to the festival and strive to bring new artists every year.  

The pool of applicants reached 700 this year, and out of those 700, 170 were picked to be at the Civic Center Mall since Friday.

The Scottsdale Art Festival runs through Sunday, March 12 at 5 p.m. 

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