Art Installations Create Attractive Corridors And Activate Public Spaces
With a commitment to promoting and developing the arts as a meaningful and creative part of the community, the city of Las Vegas’ Contemporary Public Art Program partners with the community, artists and creative teams to present temporary site-responsive murals, sculptures, projections, performances and other proposed media on public and private designated sites. This year, the program will feature artwork by Brett Bolton, Erik Burke, Randy Mendre, Valentin Yordanov and Bobby Zokaites
Artwork commissioned through this program may remain installed for up to 12 months; all installations will be completed by March 31. The following pieces will be displayed this year:
Overcast by Brett Bolton; Feb. 21 – May 9; City Hall Grand Gallery, 495 S. Main St., first floor
Overcast is a multi-media interactive projection installation in which participants create generative landscapes of life by spreading projected rainfall onto a dry and barren desert valley. This project explores the endless possibilities that human influence can have to transform our desert valley once given the much needed (and often scarce) supply of water needed to produce and sustain life.
Right Place, Wrong Time by Erik Burke; Fire Station 103, 190 Upland Blvd.
Inspired by a three-column slot machine design, Right Place, Wrong Time is reflective of first responders arriving to a scene during emergencies. Five symbols were used on the three fire station doors: the Joshua Tree to represent environment; water, fire and air to represent active elements at play; and a silhouette of a fireman to represent a hero.
Fore, Swizzle, Sun and Water and Solar Walk by Randy Mendre
The four sculptures reflect Mendre’s love for mid-century modern and brutalist design themes.
Fore; Angel Park Trail Entrance, South Durango Drive and Westcliff Drive
Drawing inspiration from the surrounding area, Fore is comprised of three brutalist golf balls set against a vivid landscape.
Swizzle; Las Vegas Wash Trail at North Lamb Boulevard
Swizzle evokes a bold mid-century modern take on the aesthetics of swizzle sticks from vintage hotels.
Sun and Water; South Valley View Boulevard and Alta Drive
Reflective of the process that both sun and water have on the environment, Sun and Water embraces the natural elements of a circle.
Solar Walk; North Buffalo Drive and West Deer Springs Way
Influenced by the space shuttle launches of Voyagers 1 and 2, Solar Walk interprets the solar system in a relatable way, reminding viewers of the importance of our delicate planet and inspiring a love of science and space.
Urban Symphony and Urban Dynamics by Valentin Yordanov
Both sculptures are a reflection of Yordanov’s cultural contrast as a Bulgarian living in Las Vegas. Though the style of work is expressive contemporary geometric abstraction, they can also be seen as cultural symbols in contemporary sculpture and painting.
Urban Symphony; Sunny Springs Park, 7620 Golden Talon Ave.
Urban Dynamics; North Town Center Drive and Summerlin Parkway
Hoodoo by Bobby Zokaites; Majestic Park, 3997 N. Hualapai Way
Hoodoos are granite formations carved by water; shrouded in mystery, legend and superstition, these formations stand like sentinels guarding the American West. Hoodoo shares the experience of these formations through the creation of a set of forms that are cut, welded and woven into organic shapes similar to those left by water in stone; a Delrin sheeting will cover the 16-foot-tall sculpture.
All artists submitted proposals by the March 13, 2018 deadline and were notified within two months of the submission. Selected artists are eligible to receive up to $10,000 toward direct project costs. For more information, visit https://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/Residents/Arts-Culture or email ArtsLasVegas@lasvegasnevada.gov.