Southwest Ridge Park and Trailhead
8535 South Grand Canyon Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89178
Beat Feet, dedicated on May 12, 2023, is an interactive sound-producing sculpture featuring a unique design that encourages visitors to engage and play. The sculpture represents a leaping kangaroo rat and the tail of a rattlesnake. Both are indigenous to the area. The feet and tail of the kangaroo rat sculpture are open tubes that resonate to create different notes when the tube ends are slapped. There is room for several kids to play at once, creating an opportunity for kids to come together despite language and cultural differences. Slap tubes, or the more technical name plosive aerophones, are common musical instruments worldwide, often used for ensemble play. They are typically struck with a hand or with a rubber-soled sandal. The sculpture is also designed to be durable and weather resistant, ensuring it will be a fixture in the park for years.
Matt's focus on public art is driven by his unwavering belief that it has the power to enrich the lives of countless people. His work combines aerial calligraphy, figural subjects, and abstraction, creating an immersive experience for viewers of all ages and backgrounds. Matt's work is not only visually stunning but also incredibly engaging. His art is designed to be viewed from different perspectives, creating those "aha" moments of discovery that make his work unique. His inspiration is drawn from nature, and his close observation of plants and animals is reflected in his art.
Matt's expertise in architecture, public design review, and permitting has enabled him to collaborate successfully with public agencies, builders, and other stakeholders. His impressive portfolio includes several large public commissions, and his work is being shown in numerous parks and cities throughout the United States.
To learn more about Matt Babcock visit his website.
Southwest Ridge Park and Trailhead is a beautiful green space at Grand Canyon Drive and West Ford Avenue near Robert L. Forbuss Elementary School. The park allows residents and visitors to connect with nature while enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and picnicking.