One of my favorite activities when I’m visiting a new city is hunting for street art. Believe it or not, there can be as much artistic talent on the side of a building or on a city sidewalk as there is inside an art museum–and best of all, it’s totally free to view! Street art can make for great photo opps and selfies. It can almost be like a treasure hunt to see what you can find in any given city.
What made me start writing this post is that I noticed so much street art on my last visit to Las Vegas that I hadn’t noticed before. I don’t know if it’s that I wasn’t paying attention before or if street art has been proliferating in Vegas over the past year or so. In any case, I like the trend, and I hope it continues.
Here are a small sampling of photos of some of the free art you can find on walls and in public spaces in Downtown Las Vegas:
One of the great things about street art is it allows artists to react in a timely fashion to events of the day, like this:
But it’s not just Downtown where you can view street art now. Any of you who have visited the new Linq on the Strip have probably noticed they’ve got some fab murals all along that alley, like these:
For someone like me (a non-artist with little education about art styles, schools, methods, etc.) it’s hard to know where to stop once you start talking about street art. Do you include the spray paint artists on Fremont Street? What about sculptures in public places? Does it matter if the art was commissioned and paid for vs. not? And how is the average person supposed to know if it was? Do you count all the neon signs in Las Vegas as street art? Where do you draw the line between graffiti and street art? Is it in the eye of the beholder?
Once I started thinking about it, it kind of made my head hurt.
I have no answers to the above questions, not even after reading this Wikipedia entry describing street art. But I don’t mind grappling with a concept that interests me, as this one does. When I searched for “street art” “las vegas” on Google, it turned up this great article listing lots more locations where you can find great street art in Vegas. I’m bookmarking it to check some of these out next time I’m in town. (I definitely need to see that “Horned Toad” mural from Life is Beautiful, assuming it’s still there when I next hit town.)
Do you have a favorite work of street art in Las Vegas? Where and what is it?