Cockroach Theatre in the 18b.
After landing in Las Vegas back in 2011 I immediately began exploring the region to continue self-imposed research on street art. I did not know what to expect because Southern Nevada doesn’t have a reputation for being a destination for murals created as art in public space. The portfolio was modest. That has changed.
There is now a strong cross section of mural styles. Las Vegas has the self branding form of graffiti and street artists who want their works to gain value through guerilla aesthetic and experimental development. There are also large-scale works have get international attention. And there is some backstory drama. Local artists voiced a backlash against the random bubble tagging that was less about aesthetic, and more of infiltrating landscape with dull presence.
Here is a list of five spots that offer any student of street art the free experience of random discovery.
Photo: The Folger Shakespeare Library
BARD NEVADA ROAD TRIP TAKES DETOUR: Quietly Las Vegas became the Nevada stop for a copy of Shakespeare's "First Folio."
The first reports listed Reno. Now the 400 year folio is scheduled to be at University of Nevada from September 1 - 29, according to the First Folio Tour site.
In honor of the 400th anniversary since Shakespeare’s death, The Folger Shakespeare Library has dispatched "First Folio" to barnstorm the US to one location in each state, as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The "First Folio" was published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death in 1616, and acknowledged as the definitive source of several of Shakespeare’s works.
"There are 36 plays in the First Folio, all the ones we're familiar with. If it weren't for the First Folio we would have lost some of those plays, most likely. Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear, A Midsummer's Night Dream, Romeo and Juliet. Plays that have formed an important part of American culture." said Jodee Fenton to MyNorthwest. Fenton is the manager of special collections at the Seattle Public Library, where the folio is currently on display.
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AFTER THOUGHT: With "First Folio" on the UNLV campus in September, and the final 2016 Presidential Debate slated for October 19, 2016 at Thomas & Mack Center, UNLV's Department of Theater may want to consider staging one of Shakespeare's political dramas in a modern setting come fall. Like Macbeth using Michael Heizer land art to guide the set design. Or Julius Caesar imagined as happening on the Strip during the days of atomic testing.
TOKEN STREET ART REFERENCE: In the BBC/RSC 2012 production of "Julius Caesar" Brutus (Paterson Joseph) and Cassius (Cyril Nri) early confrontation is set in a hallway. On the walls are "stencils" of Caesar.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.