KRC loves to write seasonally themed articles about corn mazes and Halloween costume ideas.
On a trip to Las Vegas, my daughter and I spent a few hours just riding around. We had the rental car gassed up and we wanted to see something other than iconic "Welcome to Vegas" sign and the glitz and glamour of The Strip. We found ourselves in the downtown area.
Both my daughter and I are fond of architecture and art and hoped to stumble upon some great artwork and impressive buildings. We very easily found both. More about the buildings in another hub, but within a few short blocks we found all of the examples of graffiti style artwork that you see here. These are only a portion of the photos I took.
Viewing via Google Earth
No time or money to get to Vegas? If you have Google Earth downloaded, you can find the "Welcome to Las Vegas" mural on the wall at the corner of 1st and Coolidge by looking at the street view. The mural of the lady in purple and gray tones is on the Coolidge side of that block, but that entire wall is painted differently on Google Earth.
The three you see below that are entirely black, red, white and gray with red lightning strikes are all on the same wall between two buildings. It's quite impressive seen together. However, I was unable to get it all in one shot because of how close the buildings were.
The Arts District or Also Known as "18b"
The Arts District is made up of an area of downtown Las Vegas that is bordered by Commerce Street, Hoover Avenue, Fourth Street and Las Vegas Boulevard (at Charleston) and Colorado Avenue. It is referred to as "18b" which stands for the 18 blocks that originally made up the arts district. This area continues to grow in size and popularity.
This district holds a "First Friday" festival on the first Friday of each month that draws large crowds into the area that are eager to eat, drink and explore. Entertainment includes various food vendors, music, visual performances and artists displaying their works.
Visit the Arts District in Las Vegas
I hope you enjoyed these as much as we did. Let me know which one(s) are your favorite(s).
Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to visit Vegas and dare to explore the Arts District. You never know what beautiful artwork you may stumble upon.
18b Arts District of Las Vegas
- 18b Arts District (Official City of Las Vegas Web Site)
- 18b Las Vegas Arts District
18b The Las Vegas Arts District includes over two dozen art galleries, shops, and restaurants, and can be reached from the Strip by the ACE bus.
Dase on June 26, 2013:
Hello! I'm an urban artist and I'm looking for places to paint in Las Vegas and NYC next month so I'm trying to get contacts and adresses like these. Thank you!
If you want to check my work or you think you can help me, please let me know!
Art Renegades on September 22, 2010:
Tagging just to tag is certainly a "crime", ie destruction of property, but done for arts sake these artists just need a formal outlet to create and inspire viewers. Las Vegas street and graffiti artists always have an outlet for their art at our website. Submit your work today!
KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 19, 2010:
Thanks Wayne! I agree. I love the artistic side of graffiti.
Wayne Tilden from Roseville, California on September 19, 2010:
It seems that even Las Vegas has its "graffiti" artists. San Francisco and other cities in the Bay Area support "Street Art" - decent graffiti - as a positive expression of the arts in the community.
It's always good to see other communities exerting the same kind of "push".
Thanks for sharing this.
KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 18, 2010:
Anytime I see the vandalism or gang-related specimens you're referring to tthudium, I often have that same thought. I always hope that the people doing it will someday go on to find a useful and productive use for their talent like creating artistic expressions to beautify cities like the ones here or like you mentioned...something more permanent.
tthudium on September 18, 2010:
I think this is awesome! I just wish that people wouldn't do it as vandalism, but do something useful, and paint it on a canvas! Great hub - Thumbs up and useful