Some things to plan for and some political comments made from art. Welcome to 2016.
SAVE THE DATE: The Clark County Public Art Committee will host Christian Gaines and Jori Bennett from ArtPrize to introduce their "open, independently organized international art competition". Gaines and Bennett will talk about their non-profit and how to have an event for the region. The chat will be Thursday, February 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Winchester Cultural Center. It is free and open to the public.
Clark County (NV) / Visual Arts
BELIEVE IN PUBLIC ART: Reno purchased the "Believe" sculpture for $70,000 from Burning Man artists Jeff Schomberg and Laura Kimpton, and plan to have it installed next spring after the construction of the Virginia Street Bridge is completed. To pad the theme on a dedication day officials played "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey. "Believe" is one of 170 works acquired by Reno since the 1992 ordinance requiring new city parks and buildings to be fitted with public art. Five of those pieces made their debut at Burning Man I KUNR + RGJ
NEW YEARS DAY: Rose Parade viewers saw sky writers tag the Pasadena skies with “America is Great! Trump is Disgusting” and “AnybodybutTrump.us” above the parade route. "Air Sign, an aerial advertising company took credit for creating the sky writing on Twitter," reported the Pasadena Star. Following the Rose Parade was an alternative parade supporting Bernie Sanders, and featured a large puppet costume by Los Angeles-based Alex Schaefer. "I couldn't really tell from inside BigBernie," said Schaefer, who wore his animated sculpture. "But we had a huge gathering come to march and lots of cheers from the audience."
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.