“Pole Dancers” Cultural Corridor Banners
Overall Project Summary:
The City has developed an Urban Trails Program funded by the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act (SNPLMA). Five downtown trails are to be built over the course of the next five years. One of the five trails known as the Cultural Corridor Trail traverses a 12 block trail pathway from the Historic Post Office on 300 E. Stewart to the Old Mormon Fort at 500 E. Washington Ave in the Cultural Corridor.
To visually enhance this trail, three calls to artists were released to allow for the inclusion of art. Each call represented a very specific piece of the project: bridge, trail and banners. Creating the banners and trail “Flourish” presents each of the institutions with its own unique visual story.
The resulting projects are “Pole Dancers,” “Vegas Arabesque,” and “Flourish:”
1) “Pole Dancers” by Las Vegas based Martin Kreloff are trail banners which begin at the historic post office/mob museum on 3rd Street, ending at the Old Mormon Fort on Las Vegas Boulevard. Each banner represents a cultural institution along the trail: Historic Post Office (Mob Museum), Neon Museum, Cashman Center, Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, Natural History Museum, Las Vegas Library, Old Mormon Fort and Reed Whipple Cultural Center. While the buildings remain, several institutions have relocated, such as the downtown Las Vegas Library; as one walks the trail, the Cultural Corridor Trail marks Las Vegas’ cultural history.
Each banner, painted in brightly electric primary and secondary colors feature the hands of humanity in action. From the elegance of the orchestra conductor holding a baton, to the stretch of the baseball player reaching to catch a falling ball….each shaping the cultural destiny of our city. The overall banner concept offers up a Warhol like Pop Art sensibility and invites the viewer to enjoy the presentation achieved through repetition and color. When viewed from a slowly passing car the banners provide a kinetic, film like experience. The unifying hot cadmium yellow backgrounds blazing against the sky, coupled with the cool blues and blacks of the hand silhouettes present a compelling tale of Las Vegas activism and achievement
2) “Vegas Arabesque” by Denver based artist David Griggs – neon bridge enhancement “was inspired by the legacy of Las Vegas, its unique setting in the Southwest, and the location of the bridge among Las Vegas’ cultural institutions. Las Vegas has a heritage that defines the City as a destination for relaxation, gaming, and entertainment. This heritage takes a variety of forms, from distinctive architecture to the extravagance of casinos and shows. “Vegas Arabesque” pays homage to these Las Vegas icons. In colors associated with the Southwest, this sculptural form alights across a bridge that is the gateway to the City’s cultural institutions. The shapes used in the design build a rhythm that suggests the visual splendor of a Vegas chorus line. In vaguely figurative forms, the design dances across the bridge in the playful spirit of Las Vegas’ own Americana. “Vegas Arabesque” also pays homage to vintage Vegas signs. Reminiscent of some of the grand spectacles of signage from historic Las Vegas, the sculpture will serve as a beacon for the City’s cultural institutions. One of the “culturals,” the Neon Boneyard and Museum, is mere yards away from the new Cultural Corridor Bridge, and serves as a resting place for the glorious signs of Las Vegas’ past.” –David Griggs
For more information see “Vegas Arabesque” under Art In The City
3) “Flourish” by Las Vegas based artist Denise Duarte – The nine sidewalk enhancements reinforce the trail path and coincide with the banners beginning at the historic Post Office/Mob Museum on 3rd Street, ending at the Old Mormon Fort on Las Vegas Boulevard. Each flourish pays tribute to the 8 current or past cultural institutions along the trail.
“These vibrant way-finding markers entice pedestrians and vehicles to follow the trail to each cultural institution, identified by its unique flourish celebrating its logo, principles, qualities, cultural personality, history and purpose. Flourishes’ herald Las Vegas’ desire to further develop and celebrate its cultural community and entities. These embellishments provide the grand gesture in the many historic neon signs at the Neon Museum. Beginning with the Older Mormon Fort celebrating the endurance and resourcefulness of its early settlers and ending with the Las Vegas Museum Mob Museum, this trail is representative of the intersection of human endeavor, expression and survival in the desert environment.” –Denise Duarte
For more information see “Flourish” under Art In Public Places
Completed: September 30, 2011