A Piece From ‘Life is Beautiful’ Just Might not be What Las Vegas is Looking For
by Jennifer Black
It has been noticed that one of the beautiful pieces from the ‘Life is Beautiful‘ Festival has been painted over for being not so ‘beautiful’. If you haven’t heard about the Life is Beautiful Festival, it occured this last October, and was really quite beautiful. Consisting of musical acts, great food, amazing artists doing what they do best, as well as a few of their very own masterpieces. It was an amazing get together that provided Las Vegas with another kind of culture, the beauty of art.
During this festival, a few of the artists really flaunted what they’ve got, and painted a few amazingly detailed murals around the area. It really was a nice impression after the festival had left. Despite the fun and festivities being over, the art remained except for one specific piece. The piece was added by a Ukrainian artist and was stated to look like, “people are buried; their hands are coming up from what would be the ground.” There is always some form of beauty in art, but even in this case the artist himself expressed that he was “surprised that it was up”, and fully admitted there was a negative message behind it. I guess with crimes and fallouts that happen in Las Vegas is enough negativity for them.
The mural obviously didn’t last long, and was quickly painted over. Most likely though, it will be replaced by something more uplifting and fitting for our wonderful city. In fact, a mural committee is being formed, and is planning to sponsor a contest. Each winner will receive an unspecified amount of money, as well as the right to paint a mural on the Emergency Arts building wall. There is also the consideration of changing the mural every year or so, just to have variety. I’m sure something positive, reflective, and wonderful is going to replace the painted-over mural. We will all just have to be patient and see what kind of art will come up next!