Nephele is an art in public places project by the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission, for the City of Las Vegas Development Services Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I was imagining and inspired by old European courtyards, particularly in Paris and Barcelona. As an atrium is essentially an indoor courtyard, I was thinking of a courtyard with a glass ceiling and how they frame a view into a piece of sky.
Although I am somewhat new to this place, I was inspired by really bold Las Vegas
sunsets over Red Rock Canyon (particularly really cloudy ones), and thought of being
able to see inside a sunset from any direction. The atrium space intrigued me as the space
is accessible on so many levels.
Nephele means “cloudy” in Greek.
Νεφελη (Ancient Greek)
Pronunciation: nef EL lee
(There are several versions of how to pronounce Nephele, this is one that I found most
I am aware of Nephele in Greek Mythology, and although the artwork wasn’t necessarily
created or conceived with her story in mind I appreciate her mythos and some of the
references and relationships that can potentially be drawn on, particularly with regards to
liminality. Nephele is sometimes considered the mother of liminal beings.
If there were to be a subtitle to this artwork it would read something like:
Humanity treads upon the bottom of the sky.”
Photos courtesy of Cyd Bown : http://cydbown.org/nephele_04.html
Completed: October 1, 2013