A Shriner and saint placed on pedestals to amplify roadside visibility mark a road into downtown Las Vegas. The Divan guards Eastern near Sahara, and the diva floats over the junction of Fremont, Charleston and Eastern in a partial rotation. The figure carrying a child is still direct architecture text for Zelzah Shriners. The treasured angel over the shuttered Blue Angel Motel is abandoned signage, a Betty Willis design that’s been subject in visual and written essays. Now the patron saint of the forsaken that still waits at an Inn has seasonal affirmation. She’s been replicated as a holiday ornament.
Above: Krystal Ramirez “I Want to See More Brown Bodies” from 2017 will be reassembled at UNLV’s Barrick Museum of Art in Spring 2018.