Clark County's Brett Bradley examining public art by Lance Smith on Maryland Parkway. Photo: Paint This Desert
Brett Bradley was checking the condition of artist Lance Smith's ZAP 7 box on Friday. After a week of Smith repainting the whitewashed mural on Maryland Parkway it was almost ready for a first anti-graffiti coating.
Today the artist Facebook to announce it was done.
"Restoration complete!" Smith wrote before thanking those who gave him “the opportunity to restore this mural.” The optimistic artist also considers the buff a way to talk about injustice and it allowed him "to speak freely on the importance of representation of people of color.”
It’s believed the art wasn’t marked by the usual suspects; a young tagger. It was painted over in utility box beige. It was a hit job and the suspect was a nearby business owner who, during the planning of the ZAP project, was not shy about pushing back on art showing people of color.
After being completed it was painted over in June. The Las Vegas art community smoldered and, according to sources, embarrassed those who oversee shopping mall operations.
In his Facebook post Smith thanked family, friends, and the art community. “Your instantaneous and unwavering support means so much more than you will ever know."
As for Bradley, public art maintenance crew member, for Clark County, he can now consider himself a public art restorer.
Lance Smith just as restoration of his ZAP 7 box began back in June. Photo: Paint This Desert
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.