Barrett Debusk crafts painted sheet metal into sculptures that bring the happiness of childhood to all who see them. His Fat Happy sculptures dance and play, inviting the viewer to join them. While this may sound like light hearted whimsy, psychological data proves that play, in both children and in adults, relieves stress. The sense of play also causes endorphins to be released in the brain, and benefits include both mental and physical health enhancements.

Debusk’s light hearted Fat Happys give us a sense of connection with each other, because they remind us that play can’t happen alone–it’s a social thing. Similar to how the Fat Happy sculptures frolic together, community members intermingle as they learn to play together.