MEDIA RELEASE: Life is Beautiful Festival released the 2014 art programming that will "create a live urban gallery that is seamlessly integrated into the festival footprint." Not only are large-scale murals making a return from 2013, but local visual artists are back with installations, interactive art centers and galleries at the former Western hotel-casino for ART-Tales, curated by Patrick Duffy. From the Las Vegas Sun:
Duffy has a keen idea of what he wants visitors to the Western to feel when they walk out of the building. “What I’m hoping is for a major, major visual, visceral and cultural emotional takeaway,” he says. “I don’t want them to be able to get that old bingo hall out of their minds. We have some great visual artists, performance artists and great photography. We have some very, very baroque installations — this one is going to be unbelievably baroque, and very emotional, too.”
From The R-J:
And an original mural design will bring together Tim Bavington, known for his brightly colored Symphony Park sculpture outside The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and contemporary Japanese artist Sush Machida, whose work can be seen throughout Las Vegas.
From LiB release:
"The art program is as integral to the overall festival experience as any other aspect at Life is Beautiful," said festival founder Rehan Choudhry, " Our goal is to change individual's everyday relationship with art by inspiring creativity and challenging perspectives, especially amongst those who normally wouldn't consider themselves art enthusiasts."
Life Is Beautiful runs Oct. 24-26.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.