Iconic shopping destination ups the ante of its one-of-a-kind art programming with an all-new 3D mural paying tribute to Nevada’s desert landscape
LAS VEGAS (August 1, 2019) – In partnership with local artist Michael Dodson and curator Patrick Duffy, Fashion Show Las Vegas – the area’s premier shopping, dining and experience venue – has debuted a larger than life three-dimensional mural on the northern Plaza staircase. The nature-inspired painted installation titled, ‘Be Kind to Bugs’ pays tribute to Nevada’s desert landscape.
Located on the northern strip-side Plaza staircase near Neiman Marcus, the mural resembles the natural beauty of Nevada and boasts a vibrant desert landscape. The multi-dimensional mural showcases pulsating hues that shift gradually from one to another and feature desert tones of red, orange and yellow in honor of Red Rock Canyon. In addition, the delicate and rugged scenery is complemented by an array of cacti and flowers, plus a colorful arrangement of butterflies that dance through the air.
“There is nothing more exciting than seeing an idea come to life, especially here in Las Vegas,” explains Duffy, CEO of the Nevada School of the Arts. “Now in our second staircase installment on The Plaza, we have been able to create not one, but two really unique concepts at Fashion Show that add a little color to Las Vegas, and after months of curation, I am beyond thrilled with the art installation Michael has created. It’s certainly a must-see art piece in the Las Vegas community.”
This one-of-a-kind artistic experience features over 50 unique colors, painted entirely by freehand, and took the artist 15 days to complete. Showcasing various gradients of the desert landscape, ‘Be Kind to Bugs’ joins Fashion Show’s ever evolving colorful art program on The Plaza. Guests are encouraged to take images at the newest hand-painted art installation at Fashion Show and share their experience on social media by tagging @fashionshowlv and use the hashtag #thefutureiscolorful and #fashionshowlv.
“It is an honor to partner with Fashion Show Las Vegas for this one-of-a-kind art installation,” stated Dodson. “As Las Vegas is my hometown, I take pride in showcasing the beauty that is Nevada and I’m excited to debut ‘Be Kind to Bugs’ in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.”
A Las Vegas native, Michael Dodson holds a Bachelor of Science, with an emphasis in studio art from Skidmore College in New York. His studies led him to Christie’s Education in New York City, where he earned his master’s degree in contemporary and modern art history, as well as the history of the art market. Before returning to his hometown in 2015, Dodson worked with art galleries, auction houses, web-based art galleries and print studios in New York City. Looking to share his passion for art and education, he served as the Artist-in-Residence at Opportunity Village’s New Opportunities for Visionary Arts (NOVA) initiative and at The Rogers Foundation, where he taught art classes to at-risk youth through the Foundation CORE Academy. Several of Dodson’s works, emanating from large-scale commissions, are currently on view throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
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About Fashion Show Las Vegas
At 2 million square feet, Fashion Show is the largest shopping, dining and entertainment destination on the Las Vegas Strip and one of the largest shopping centers in the USA. Anchored by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Macy’s Men’s, Dillard’s, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Nordstrom and Forever 21, Fashion Show houses an eclectic mix of more than 250 retail boutiques and over two dozen restaurants. For more information, visit https://www.thefashionshow.com.
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