SOMETHING FOR HALLOWEEN: This interior version of street art randomness has Jack Nicholson, as Jack Torrance from “The Shining,” seen on an upper level floor at Zappos headquarters in downtown Las Vegas. Thanks to Brian “Paco” Alvarez, I was given a tour in areas not generally open to the public . . . Dig the Creative Vibe: Zappos’s corporate culture is supported with murals and other art on walls, many by the employees themselves. There's been murals by guest artists too. Before the end of the year, a tour of some of the murals and art on the grounds will be offered, said Alvarez. While Jack is not likely to be on the official Zappos Art Walk, there will be a lot to see.
Jesse Smigel "Snowball in Vegas” I Photo: PaintThisDesert
Nevada Senator Harry Reid quietly introduced legislation to withdraw acres of federal land that cross Lincoln and Nye county lines to preserve vast valleys. It also protects a landmark piece of desert artwork not yet open to the public. The Las Vegas Review Journal reports the bill covers a 1,250-square-mile area that contains Michael Heizer's “City,” that is "roughly the size of the National Mall in Washington, D.C." It goes on:
Heizer’s best known monumental earth art may be the deep desert trenches of “Double Negative." The March migration of boulder from a quarry near Riverside, Calif., to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where it became the installation "Levitated Mass," bringing earth art directly to the public.
Reid introduced the bill on September 16 and was the only listed sponsor, reports the Las Vegas Sun.
In 2005, New York Times Magazine profiled Heizer as "Arts Last Lonely Cowboy" behind "City" and wrote:
ABOVE: Gig Depio
“Through the Muddy”
2017-18 480” x 144”
Oil on Canvas
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