In 2009, Gibby’s studio and bronze foundry was destroyed in a fire. Most of the early molds from Gibby’s career were destroyed. With tremendous support from family, friends, galleries, and past clientele, Gibby was able to rebuild a new portfolio of bronzes from the ashes. From that experience Gibby learned about the importance of endurance and the value of strong relationships. Much of Gibby’s themes in his current portfolio was influenced by the humbling experience of loss and reliance on others and God to rebuild.