FIELD NOTES: The latest installation for “Centered” was completed Saturday morning. That afternoon drivers were already pulling over to marvel at it. Artist Adolfo Gonzalez’s steam punk transportation contraption, “OctoSteam,” sits on Pecos-McLeod at the Flamingo Arroyo trailhead connection and upgrades Clark County’s sculpture portfolio. (There will be total of ten medians adorned by artists).
Though “Centered” has been in a gestation period, and the public have been invited to comment, the real introduction came when the gold lion and small pink alligators from “Night Eyes” by Chris Bauder was installed, lifted, then recovered and reinstalled within a few days. Maybe that's what Gonzalez was thinking with some cheeky commentary on the plate that identifies “OctoSteam.” It also reads “Property of Clark County.”
“I hope no one messes with it,” said Bernie, an older man who drove up next to me when I was back at my car after taking photographs. “It’s really something. I never thought they would do something like this for us,” he said. “They” meaning whoever funded this public art, in this case Clark County, and “us” meaning others who live in Bernie's nearby neighborhood. Before I could get his last name he sped off to look at the other piece, the large colorful Huichol themed jaguar by Miguel Rodriguez in front of the Winchester Cultural Center.
Above: Adolfo Gonzalez "OctoSteam" next to Flamingo Arroyo trailhead, 4060 Pecos-McLeod Drive. July 9, 2016. Below: Untitled work by Miguel Rodriguez in the median alongside Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Drive, July 3, 2016. Photos: PaintThisDesert