A PtD photo
FIELD NOTES: On Saturday I saw one way street art get Las Vegas celebrity status. Framed by the clean white walls of defunct Las Vegas Motel, next to the El Cortez Cabana Suites, is the Shepard Fairey designed Andre The Giant, sans OBEY command. Overlooking a rarely used parking lot, it is isolated from those commoners wandering the walls of the 18b Arts District. The seminal image that was a warning of propaganda is used to accent the part of town with commissioned street art from Life Is Beautiful Festival. In “Shepard Fairey Inc.: Artist/Professional/Vandal,” author James Daichendt wrote how Shepard Fairey "often cites a desire to reawaken people to their surroundings” and the repetition of Andre as repeated image from posters and stickers was the use of random infiltration to become powerful recollection. This location gives Andre's glare, the street art gaze, a different meaning. Now he, and his posse of three Felix stencils, is a docile artifact guarded behind a locked gate.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.