With recent revitalization efforts and a cultural resurgence in Downtown Las Vegas, the area now boasts colorful street art, murals, and hidden artistic gems you won’t find in any other part of the city. And many of the most interesting pieces are within walking distance of Downtown Grand!
Here’s a comprehensive guide on where you can find the best street art in Downtown Las Vegas:
“Fear No Fate” by Tristan Eaton
Found on Fremont Street between 6th Street and 7th Street, Eaton’s homage to vintage Las Vegas can be found on one of the walls of the El Cortez parking garage. The mural features a Sin City showgirl in profile wearing a classic headpiece that exudes nostalgia from top to bottom. The showgirl’s headpiece comes alive with feathers, casino chips, dice, and a hint of the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign in tones of reds and yellows.
“The Cycle of Civilization” by Zio Ziegler
Occupying the corner of 7th Street and Ogden in Downtown Las Vegas, Zio Ziegler designed this intricate mural for the first Life is Beautiful Festival in 2013. Only minutes from the Downtown Las Vegas casinos, it’s a beautiful piece of art that will take you away from the bustling crowds for a slightly different perspective of the city. With black and white details against a vibrant blue background, it makes for the perfect photo opportunity.
“Love Forever” by D* Face
If you’re a fan of D* Face, all you have to do is take one look at this mural to know which artist is behind it. Using his signature comic book effects, this mural depicts a woman in distress with her face morphing from classic beauty to a sunken skull. This mural is provocative, sexual, and makes for a great downtown photo. You can find this 2014 Life is Beautiful piece at 700 Fremont Street.
“Peacemaker” by D* Face
Another eye-catching Downtown Las Vegas mural by D* Face can be found at 899 Fremont Street between 8th Street and 9th Street. The strong message behind this piece is evident with a revolver handgun shooting out the word “peace” in gold lettering. This mural was created for the 2015 Life is Beautiful Music Festival.
“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” by Ruben Sanchez
This mural by Ruben Sanchez is painted using an eye-catching cubist style. It depicts the main character and writer of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson, as he makes his way through Sin City in a drug-induced haze. Initially created for the 2015 Life is Beautiful Music Festival, it’s one of the most popular murals to photograph in Downtown Las Vegas. Find it at 107 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
“The Meaning” by Pixel Pancho
Italian artist, Pixel Pancho, designed this mural for the 2015 Life is Beautiful Music Festival. He is known for using signature robot imagery to capture meaningful and provocative messages, and this piece of art is no exception. As explained by the artist, the two robots in the mural are meant to provoke thoughts about our society’s obsession with wasteful spending and not taking into account the effects on the planet. Take a look for yourself at 700 Fremont Street.
“Corporate Welfare” by Shepard Fairey
Right on the corner of Fremont Street and 6th Street, this stunning mural was painted by Shepard Fairey for the 2016 Life is Beautiful Music Festival. You may recognize his name for his famous “Hope” poster designed for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. His red, black, and beige “Corporate Welfare” mural can be found on the side of the Emergency Arts Building. It strives to provoke thoughts on corporations and the government’s welfare system with the statement, “Be a Maker, Not a Taker.”
Mural by Fafi
This 2016 Life is Beautiful piece by Fafi is also on the Emergency Arts Building on the front. The French artist features powerful female characters displaying expressions of confidence, toughness, and strength. The women are painted in Fafi’s trademark Fafinette style that is immediately recognizable if you’re a fan of her work.
“Horned Toad” by ROA
As many of the murals in Downtown Las Vegas, this piece created by ROA was originally designed for the Life is Beautiful Music Festival. The incredibly detailed lizard stretches across the building wall found at 598 Steward Ave. The scaley creature is monochromatic except for the red blood shooting from its yellow eye. The artist explained this phenomenon is a protection mechanism for horned toad lizards when feeling threatened. The predator becomes frightened by the unexpected stream of blood. Something to think about when admiring this piece.
“Full Moon” by Ana Maria Ortiz
Puerto Rican artist, Ana Maria Ortiz, brings her ethereal and soft touch to this Downtown Las Vegas mural. Originally painted for the 2015 Life is Beautiful Music Festival, the emotive piece depicts three birds, a hybrid-looking rabbit, octopus tentacles wrapping around tall grass, and a beautiful full moon in the background. You can find this mural at 209 North 7th Street.
Double Mural by Martin Whatson
The corner of the parking garage on Stewart between 7th and 8th Streets is covered with stunning artwork by Norwegian artist, Martin Whatson. The two murals stretch four stories tall with a combined message of graffiti as artistic expression. One side features a man seemingly adding to a wall already full of graffiti. On the other side, the graffiti wall continues but appears to be partially covered by a concrete-colored material. A hand is carefully pulling back the material to uncover the colorful graffiti underneath. The two murals meet at the corner of the building.
This list only scratches the surface when it comes to all the amazing artwork you’ll find in the streets of Downtown Las Vegas. Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino is only minutes from most of these murals, so it’s the perfect place to take a break from your downtown art adventures. Pop into Triple George Grill for a nostalgic steak dinner and cocktail, or swing by Freedom Beat to sample Chef Scott Commings’ comfort food menu. Either way, Downtown Grand offers the most authentic Las Vegas experience you won’t find on the Strip.