The Windows on First, part of the First Street Art Trail

The Windows on First temporary public art space invites artists to create original, site-specific installations presented within the context of the First Street Art Trail. Seen by passersby on First Street between Clark and Lewis avenues, the exhibit space fills three large windows and is on display 24/7. This project space is part of the city’s growing Public Art collection along the First Street Art Trail, an eight-block stretch along First Street, from Bridger Avenue to Boulder Plaza, which unveiled its public art component in 2014. Other features along the trail include the Aerial Gallery, Mary Hill’s Cycled Musings, and Jesse Smigel’s, Snowball in Vegas.

The city seeks artists and artists teams twice a year to provide public art installations for  the Windows on First exhibit space. An honorarium is provided  to each selected artist/artist team.

For questions about this program, please contact Rebecca Holden, Visual Arts Specialist II – Public Art, City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs, 702-229-5431 or RHolden@LasVegasNevada.gov

The Aerial Gallery, part of the First Street Art Trail

The city of Las Vegas first introduced the Aerial Gallery to the community in the year 2000, along Las Vegas Boulevard. Since its creation, the gallery has grown and adjusted to the ever-changing downtown, taking on several forms and locations along the boulevard. The newest installation of the Aerial Gallery will become part of the city’s growing Public Art collection along the First Street Art Trail, an eight-block stretch along First Street, from Bridger Avenue to Boulder Plaza, which unveiled its public art component in 2014. Other features along the trail include the Windows on First temporary art installations, Mary Hill’s Cycled Musings, and Jesse Smigel’ s, Snowball in Vegas.

The city seeks artists and artists teams annually to provide banner art for  the Aerial Gallery exhibit along First Street, part of the First Street Art Trail. An honorarium is provided  to each selected artist/artist team per-block (8 blocks in total).

For questions about this program, please contact Rebecca Holden, Visual Arts Specialist II – Public Art, City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs, 702-229-5431 or RHolden@LasVegasNevada.gov

SNOWBALL IN VEGAS

Southwest corner of First Street and Coolidge
Jesse’s colossal “cat head” celebrates the Las Vegas artist’s love for felines and makes the ordinary monumental. This 9-foot-tall kitty invites viewers to contemplate our relationship to the everyday. Visitors are invited to upload their selfies and photos with Mr. Cat and emailing them to SocialMedia@LasVegasNevada.gov for possible inclusion in City social media.

Snowball in Vegas

CYCLED MUSINGS

Boulder Avenue to Bridger Avenue
This text-based “wheel art” can be found on the eight groupings of bright green bike racks along the Art Trail. You will find custom phrases by well-known writers, poets and thinkers, each designed and hand-stenciled by the artist. Share your favorite bike-related text and Cycled Musings photos by emailing us at SocialMedia@LasVegasNevada.gov for possible inclusion in the City social media.

 

Mary Hill Bike Racks Cycled Musings

VEGAS JACKPOT ART CACHE

GOLDWELL PRINTERS AND CITY OF LAS VEGAS GRAPHIC ARTISTS
Arts District to City Hall

Geocache meets art! Don’t forget to bring your inkpad and logbook as you search for these cool, custom-designed stamps. Simply follow the clues below –no GPS or compass required. Geocache enthusiasts can use the coordinates provided with the clues.

Basic rules:
• PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THE STAMP OR LOGBOOK.
• Use the stamp for your logbook and place it back in the container.
• Please write about your visit in the logbook and place it back in the container.
• If you take a token, leave a token. Some caches may have “tokens.” If you find a token in the cache and decide to take it, you must leave something for the next person.
• Hide the cache back where you found it, out of plain sight.

If you have questions, or need to report missing items, please email us at clvarts@lasvegasnevada.gov
The First Street Art Trail Vegas Jackpot Art Cache GPS coordinates and Letterboxing clues can also be found at these popular sites:
http://www.geocaching.com http://www.letterboxing.org http://www.atlasquest.co
Vegas Jackpot Art Cache Clues:

#1 As you begin this hunt in the heart of the Arts District, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” From the intersection of FIRST Street and BOULDER Avenue, walk towards 1025 east, an ARTful SQUARE and home of a talented COCKROACH. You have TWO OPTIONS of approach: OPTION 1) If you are able to venture inside, even the building itself will point you to its treasures. With rainbow squares on your left, walk towards the riotous colors of various galleries, but before you get too UNHINGED, bring yourself past to The Modern before going North past the Brett Wesley Gallery. As you are courted into the light of day, it all becomes clear as you turn right at Sharon Gainsburg’s ELEMENTAL sculpture and follow the earth through the gate. We all know that art is a powerful thing, but though the environment may look electrifying; you will remain safe as you continue your search. 9 METERS may seem far, but 6 steps to the east rests your prize!! OPTION 2) Should you choose to pursue a more direct, southern exterior approach, you would skirt past the COCKROACH along the BOULDER-fronted wall with the WAY of ART in view. Coming to a corner, look both ways, but choose not to be RIGHT this time. We all know that art is a powerful thing, but though the environment may look electrifying, you will remain safe as you continue your search. 9 METERS may seem far, but 6 steps to the east rests your prize!!

GPS Coordinates: 36°09’34.38”N 115°09’07.78”W

#2 You might be a bit warm after the first hunt, but there’s always a way to COOLidge things off. If you meander back up First Street heading north from the ARTful SQUARE, there are plenty of visuals to remind you that you remain in the Arts District. And when you come face-to-face with a one-horned duck or a neonless neon WELCOME sign, you’ll want to redirect yourself 180 degrees and look for wildlife of a PURRfectly FELINE nature. Getting aHEAD of the litter, you’ll back-track 50 (or so) paces south, but trust us there is no need for NV or a feeling of DISCONNECT as the ELECTRICITY of your excitement builds. Your prize is tucked safely underneath!!

GPS Coordinates: 36°09’38.01”N 115°09’08.29”W

#3 After successfully bagging your first two quarry, you are probably getting hungry for more. If it’s still morning, you might think of waffles, but though your first clue is GRIDDED, it’s most certainly not edible. Rather than running out of GASS, keep a northward eye out for the grey 8×12, though you might want to turn your back to the FA_____Q instead, as your prize will be firmly PLANTED down low!!

GPS Coordinates: 36°09.722’N 115°09.005’W

#4 As you now reflect on your recent successes, keep a northward heading until you see yourself MIRRORED in the hallowed HALL. What to some might seem like a cLARK, you know you can COUNTy on this name to guide you in the left direction. Keeping a forest of stately steel to your right as you travel west, don’t discount the urge to PARK after your long trek. Your MAIN goal of 500 will be a place of SERVICE, where you can ask for what you seek from the informant inside!!

GPS Coordinates: 36°10’01.12”N 115°08’58.53”W

Art on Main Street

As part of the Main Street/Commerce Improvement project, the city is adding several amenities to make the area more pedestrian friendly. With funding provided by the city’s Public Works Department, an artist or artists will be commissioned to create several art benches and a gateway sculpture for the Arts District at the intersection of Main Street and Commerce. The city and the Arts Commission plan on other opportunities to place art on Main, but this will require additional funding. The Arts Commission invites members of the public to contribute to this effort.
The city can accept cash, cashier’s checks or money orders made out to “City of Las Vegas” and mailed or delivered to:
Dianne Cripe
Office of Cultural Affairs
City of Las Vegas
495 S. Main St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

For more information, contact Dianne Cripe at dcripe@lasvegasnevada.com, or 702-229-4631.