Holly Rae Vaughn signing her "Gem" I Courtesy of the artist.
FIELD NOTES: The new public art by local artists were scheduled to be installed in their medians by May 2016. They have been getting up one-by-one despite delays one can expect in a new public art initiative. Some "Centered" sculptures are working around permits, construction, and theft like pedestrians dodging traffic . . . Next Up: Chris Bauder's "Night Eyes" lion was lifted, then recovered, and will be reinstalled in the next few weeks, said Michael Ogilvie, public art specialist for Clark County. So will K.D. Matheson's sculpture for Decatur Boulevard. Jesse Smigel's work will be up next month, and Luis Varela-Rico is waiting for roadwork at his location to be completed. Though no date is set, a ceremonial dedication for the ten sculptures is being planned.
Miguel Rodriguez "Untitled." I This Huichol marked jaguar sits at Desert Inn Road and McLeod Drive (in front of the Winchester Cultural Center).
Adolfo Gonzalez "Octosteam" I 4060 Pecos-McLeod Drive Interconnect, north of the Flamingo Arroyo trailhead.
Holly Rae Vaughn "Gem" I 6963 Windmill Lane , East of Rainbow.
Photo: Clark County
Chris Bauder "Night Eyes" I Decatur Boulevard near Flamingo Road, will be reinstalled.
Chris O’Rourke "Native Dance' I East Reno Avenue at Koval, off Tropicana Avenue, adjacent to McCarran Airport.
Luis Varela-Rico's work for Eastern and Serene Avenues will be installed this Fall, according to Clark County public art officials.
Robin Stark & Eric Pawloski abstract figures are now greeting drivers at 2925 N. Pecos Road, near Las Vegas Boulevard.
Jesse Smigel's "Centered" project will land on 11357 N. Decatur Boulevard, on the roundabout in front of Clark County shooting complex.
Team ZDC "Arc-Spine" on Durango Drive near Lone Mountain Road.
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
Lance Smith at the Clark County resortation of his ZAP 7 art I Photo: PaintThisDesert
FIELD NOTES: The eradication and recovery of "Our Lady of Maryland Parkway," the ZAP 7 box by artist Lance Smith, changes the meaning of the piece. It is now a marker of a time when artists, and the civic community that enables art, rallied and supported public art when it was challenged. It also becomes a jumping off point to revisit text I first wrote for Clark County's ZAP 7 site map. Some will return original words that were edited for space. Others may touch on how the boxes have changed in meaning and representation.
"Our Lady of Maryland Parkway" before being painted over I Photo: Paint This Desert
REVISITED: The main set of images on these utility boxes are figures posed in reflection and guidance, a guardian watching over the walkers and drivers along and on Maryland Parkway. The blue-hooded figure, in front of the distant desert mountain range, shows street smart spiritual fellowship on a main road that functions as passage, and a vessel that creates memory of the every day. It was painted within a project designed to bring artist's colors to Maryland Parkway. It was painted over in beige, perhaps, because it represented color.
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