Due to vandalism and other damage, Clark County has been forced to remove some of the art installation pieces. Many of the sculptures a part of Clark County’s ‘Centered,’ were installed in street medians around the valley.
Take the piece called Gem. It brightened up the drive on Windmill and Rainbow Boulevard for about a year.
“It’s all about how light and color interact with each other, which is really, something inspired by the desert because we have a lot of beautiful lighting over here,” said Holly Vaughn, artist.
Vaughn, the creator Gem, said the art had to be removed after the heat destroyed it.
“It’s a little bit sad that is no longer there anymore, but honestly, once I make a piece and it’s out in the world, you kind of just have to give it up to chance and so it’s really ok,” Vaughn said.
Vaughn is one of the 10 artists who participated in the public art installations funded by Clark County.
Two other pieces of art were damaged by cars or vandals. One called Anthropos was located on Decatur and the 215, while the other called “Night Eyes” was placed on Decatur and Flamingo.
“I think public art is vital to a community to create a sense of pride in a neighborhood,” Vaughn said.
Clark County initially repaired a few of the sculptures but later decided to remove them. However, there are still seven others installation pieces the valley can enjoy up around the valley.
Outside the Clark County Shooting Complex, art installations of two aliens and a UFO are calling a roundabout home. Jesse Smigel is the artist behind that installation.
“So thinking about the gun range in itself and the perfect little roundabout area that we had trying to tie in both area and the Nellis airforce base,” Smigel said.
The Centered Art Project has been around for a couple of years. Clark County plans to keep the remaining sculptures indefinitely.
“I hope that you know, it’s entertaining and fun and good for the community and everybody gets a kick out of it,” Smigel said.
The art pieces all have an anti-graffiti coating for protection. The project costs about $190,000.