• How can art help?


    Botjoy is an exploration of how art can be surprising,

    delightful AND helpful. Bots are "programmed" to give you outrageous compliments, help you be brave, take the blame, inspire you, even clone you so you can get more done.


    Bots come in small and sometimes large packages. For a recent commission The City of Portland, Oregon supported four Botjoy walls (video on the left) designed to be a launch pad for residents and vistitors to share their ideas, dreams, and inspiration!


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  • About the Bots

    What are the Bots?

    The Bots are small (and sometimes, big) totemic, art objects programmed to help. They are created by me, Gary Hirsch, an artist and consultant living in Portland Oregon.


    I wake up everyday thinking about how art can help and the Bots have been my vehicle for doing this in (hopefully) a delightful and surprising way.


    I experiment with the Bots by making thousands painted small on the back of dominos (most recent Bot count is 37,456) , and a few painted giant on the sides of buildings. Please steal this idea and make your own.

    Where the idea came from

    the birth of the bots

    The idea for the Bots came from a sketch I did in 2000 as a prompt (see image on the right) in a co-creativity journal. Weirdly tons of folks came back to me after receiving this drawing telling me all of the wonderful things that their invisible robot was telling them. So...

    • We decide to make the Bots real (not just invisible and imaginary) so you could carry them around in your pocket. I made a test batch of 400 while on a family trip to Mexico and we gave them  to clients and friends as our corporate gift in 2010.
    • Bots were wildly popular with our clients and I LOVED making them. In my “real” work I am up on my feet, moving, facilitating, acting, improvising. When I am making Bots I am quiet, still, listening, focused and improvising. It’s a ying/yang thing. Bot making has become a vital part of my day-to-day action
    • I started leaving Joy Bots on the streets as gifts for random strangers to find. I donated Brave Bots to children's hospitals. I paint them as big as I can in mural and street art form. To date I have made over 34,000 Bots and I am always looking for new ideas for using them to help folks that might need one.
    • I'll keep making these until it isn't fun anymore. So far, it's still fun!!!
  • Collaboration

    What happens when ideas collide? Often magic! Here is a collaborative mural I did in London with artist Marc Craig.

  • The artist

    Gary Hirsch is an artist, illustrator, and the co-founder of On Your Feet, a collision between business and the arts, and an early pioneer of bringing the skills and principles improvisers use on stage with businesses such as Nike, Intel, Disney, Apple, and others.


    To see Gary in action take a look at his TEDx talk on the left.

    He has presented at Creative Mornings, The World Domination Summit, and on the V-to-V Podcast and to many other conferences and clients.

  • Brave Bots For an Audience of 3,000

    Launching 3,000 Brave Bots at The World Domination Summit

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  • Bots By the Numbers



    Bots hand-painted by Gary since 2010



    Bots made by other who are "stealing" the idea




    The different types of Bots currently available

    Portland, Madrid, Boulder, Dallas, Melbourne, London, San Jose


    Cities with G Hirsch Murals

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