Beyond the wave of contemporary and graffiti murals are the ones that document moments.
And if there was ever a mural waiting to happen it would be an affectionate installation that tells the tale of those young baseball players from Mountain Ridge Little League. It’s the first team from Nevada to advance to the Little League World Series, and yesterday they beat the Mid-Atlantic champions from Philadelphia 8 to 1. It was a strong win despite added pressure from advanced media on the opposing 13-year-old female ace Mo’ne Davis, who even reached the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Sure, the storylines could include how this league came out of the growth spurt in a part of town where there were no fields 15 years ago. Or how on this week resort bars had people watching the games with interest beyond a betting line.
If a mural came to be, it should be from the point of view of those Las Vegas boys of summer, and the experience of reaching the United States championship game. That game will be played on a South Williamsport, Pa field this weekend. Win or lose, that story would be a great mural for this town.
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.