FIELD NOTES: The dancing pink silhouettes in social solidarity isn't far from the Strip in location and choreography. It's set against a backdrop of what I'll call colors from local desert mountain range. The figures float above balloons with spiritual icons. One lone figure runs to join them. It's a mural that uses the tradition of marking people and place, and becomes a banner for local history and still sits on Imperial Avenue at 3rd.
DANCING IN THE STREET: It was designed by Grace Ann Morgan and Lois Dohra, one of many for Las Vegas Centennial mural project in 2005. "The Center mural committee was seeking artists who could design and complete a mural in a relatively short time," Morgan told the Las Vegas Weekly that year. "We submitted two drafts, keeping in mind simplicity, color being the priority."
MARKING OCTOBER TIME: First dedicated on October 7, 2005, so next year will be it's 10th anniversary. It's around the corner from Snick's Place, a bar that "played a key role in Las Vegas LGBT history, hosting the city's very first PRIDE parade," ABC13 reported about the oldest LGBT bar with 38th Anniversary party plans for October 15. Real dance delayed: October 8, 2014, was scheduled to be the day same-sex marriage licenses would be issued in Clark County, Nevada. On that same day it was delayed . . . County Clerk Diana Alba "trotted out to speak with the media around 4 p.m. Wednesday, said county officials have decided to wait for another ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals before going ahead," reported the R-J.
STILL SILENT?: The mural still has a Las Vegas Centennial marker in a frame, but isn't on the list of completed works at the old LasVegas2005 website.
ABOVE: Justin Favela's "Gypsy Rose Piñata." at Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
Photo courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum
Serigraph Print on Rives BFK, 18"x12"
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