Seven Magic Mountains days before opening I Photo: Ed Fuentes
Amanda Horn, Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, and Professor Robert Tracy of UNLV, will join me for Art Tea Party 2 on November 5 at the Barrick Museum. The informal exchange of art ideas starts with chatting what makes monumental public art, such as Seven Magic Mountains by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone (above) and the impact of social networking as a document of a public's response to sculpture. To support the idea that a document helps to shape a monument is Tracy, whose art research led to papers that are still cited in publications about Los Angeles architecture, and also pushed forth landmark status for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Coliseum helped Los Angeles shape a national identity. Seven Magic Mountain already impacted Las Vegas' art profile, and photography helps keep the isolated art in the public eye.
Opening Day of the LA Coliseum, 1932 I Library of Congress
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.