While the auditory bliss of the Gorillaz and Chance the Rapper send sound waves through the city streets, there will be new large-scale 2-D and 3-D works to appease festivalgoers visual appetites. For Life is Beautiful first-timers, here’s the scoop: Each year, dozens of artists come to transform the walls of Downtown Las Vegas into an outdoor gallery curated by JUSTKIDS and the festival. Now in year five, attendees can expect to see new works from past participants, artists new to Las Vegas and a few street-art firsts. The highlights include:
Venture out the festival boundaries to catch of glimpse of the largest mural ever by Brooklyn-based duo Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller a.k.a. Faile on the Plaza Hotel. If it is anything like the Shepard Fairey and D*Face pieces that appeared earlier this year, it is sure to be massive.
Inside one of the Las Vegas community’s favorites, the lightning bolt mural by Felipe Pantone, is getting a glowing enhancement: 267-linear-feet of neon. The first-ever 100 percent solar-powered art mural will be lit up by six solar panels that will produce enough electricity to light the mural year-round.
Other muralists bringing paint cans from around the globe include Bicicleta Sem Freio, Broken Fingaz, Fafi, Faile, Kevin Lyons, Mau Lencinas, Okuda San Miguel, b. and Zest.
Back this year is local artist Justin Favela who pink pinata-fied the exterior of the Art Motel in 2016. (Sante Fe Collective Meow Wolf will revamp the space this year into an interactive digital wonderland both inside and out.) We wonder what Favela will cover in crepe paper come September?
And somewhere lying around will be Tyler fuQua creations’ “Mechan 9,” massive fallen metal robot, which debuted at Burning Man 2016. The bot will stop by Southern Nevada before traveling to Smithsonian in Washington, D.C immediately following the festival. Other fun pieces by Christopher Schardt, Kevin Lyons, Laura Kimpton, Luzinterruptus, Morag Myerscough, Okuda San Miguel, and Yok & Sheryo can be found throughout the festival footprint.
View full lineup here.