Photo: Rebecca Holden
Rebecca Holden is a visual arts specialist with the City of Las Vegas. On Facebook, she shared photos from the 2009 dedication of 'Atomic Passage” in the Arts District. That is a public art project most in the city know of; the embedded designs in the sidewalk paired with custom white benches. What was news to me is how the design on top of the benches mark the original 18 blocks, aka 18b, that once designated the Arts District. Now there is talk the name is obsolete because creative-themed businesses expanded beyond the 18b. That should not matter. The 18b is still the center that branded an area that reflect art. But that is for another meeting in another time and place.
Back to the star of this public art project; the star itself. As I noted three years ago, almost to the day, the star used in the design gives Las Vegas a distinct visual reference.
My POV came about when Richard Hooker, curator, artist, and the former senior cultural specialist for the City of Las Vegas, was giving a tour of public art. We crossed paths and he asked me "What do you think is a symbol for Las Vegas?" I had an answer. I've seen on sidewalks and signs. It’s that four-pointed star, I said. Later I wrote:
"Atomic Passages" (2009) are stars on sidewalks and benches benches credited to Atomic Industries and artists Danielle Kelly, Adam Morey, Aaron Sheppard, and Erin Stellmon. Casino Center Boulevard between Charleston Boulevard East Colorado Avenue. Photo: PaintThisDesert
Neon sign on Fremont Street has four-pointed stars homage. Photo above and below: PaintThisDesert
Meanwhile, back at Holden's Facebook post, she wrote that the "benches have recently received some much-needed love and attention, including the removal of layers of paint/debris and a fresh coating of paint, topped with an anti-graffiti coating. We're fortunate to now have the resources and materials to maintain and conserve these works of art." She recommends that if you see something amiss on the benches, like graffiti, stickers, random garbage, and so on, you can let the city know by emailing PublicArt@LasVegasNevada.gov.
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“Through the Muddy”
2017-18 480” x 144”
Oil on Canvas
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