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 when artists, and the civic community that enables art, will rally and support public art when it is 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. PtD starts with number 6 on the ZAP 7 Site Map (3993 to 3945 Maryland Parkway).
"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.
From 2014: THE PUBLIC ART UTILITY OF 'ZAP! PROJECT'
"Temple of the Artifacts" 2018
Screen printed cardboard. Sculpture representing Bunko wall of boxes for future relics.
MFA Midway Exhibition
March 23. 6pm
Donna Beam Gallery