Clark County's Zap program is bringing public art to the Lone Mountain region of Las Vegas. On Tuesday, February 7th
, from 6 - 8pm, the community is invited to meet the artists, learn more about the proposed works and provide feedback, at Mountain Crest Community Center, 4701 N Durango Drive, 89129. Using utility boxes as canvases, 15 local artists, selected through a juried process, will design and paint their original art, on-site. The 45 boxes to be painted are located primarily along Craig Road, Lone Mountain Road and Durango Drive, and around the Mountain Crest and Lone Mountain Regional Parks.
Initiated in 2005 by Clark County Parks and Recreation in the Winchester Neighborhood, the Zap Public Art Series has become a vehicle for bringing public art to neighborhoods throughout the Las Vegas Valley and beyond; the last Zap project transformed and infused Laughlin, Nevada with utility box public art. Since their selection, Zap 9 artists Natalie Delgado, Gig Depio, Shan Michael Evans, Darian Geenen, Tatiana Hantig, Sush Machida, Mark Melnick, Jerry Misko, Robert Nelson, Spencer Olsen, Bryan Prather, Sean Russell, Holly Rae Vaughn, Eric Vozzola, and Valentin Yordanov have spent time in the Lone Mountain area, absorbing the energy and character of the district to incorporate into their creations.
Painting is scheduled to begin in early March, after final artist designs are submitted and approved. Residents are encouraged to stop and talk to artists as they work, make comments, ask questions, or to simply `hang out'. The painting of the boxes will continue through the middle of May and a second open house will be held in early June to celebrate the completion--officially unveiling Zap 9 to the public.
In addition to the Las Vegas Water District, NV Energy and Clark County Traffic Control (whose utility boxes are being painted), other partnering organizations collaborating with Clark County Parks & Recreation are Mountain Crest Community Center, the Lone Mountain Citizen Advisory Council and Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown.
To learn more about Zap! programming and other Clark County public art, please contact CCPublicArt@ClarkCountyNV.gov