Street Art in Downtown Las Vegas

Written by on September 18, 2016 in Americas, Blog, Destinations, Nevada - 1 Comment

Street art in Downtown Las Vegas, a part of Life is Beautiful, but can be viewed year-round.

Las Vegas isn’t a city known for street art. In fact, I’m confident that most people would never even put the two together.

That’s changing.

Thanks to Life is Beautiful, a three-day festival that takes over Downtown Las Vegas, the city is upping its street art cred.

This year’s LIB runs from Sept. 23 – 25 and blends music, art, food and inspiration to create a massive festival that brings incredible acts and garners national attention.

Sure, I love the music. But, what I really love is street art, and the street art in Las Vegas for Life is Beautiful makes me all kinds of giddy.

I’ve written about street art from Berlin to Metelkova in Ljubljana to Tel Aviv, but the art here is an organized effort and brings together some of the most talented artists to Las Vegas.

Curated by Charlotte Dutoit from JustKids art collective, this year the festival has brought in headlining artists including Shepard Faiery (you probably know him from the Obama/Hope poster), Felipe Pantone, Martin Whatson, and more. Expect to see massive murals (like the ones I’m sharing) as well as immersive experiences and exhibits at typically empty hotels.

Naturally, their work doesn’t simply pop up over night, so last week after doing a trying out some of the new menu items at my favorite vegan restaurant in Downtown Las Vegas, VegeNation, my friend and I headed out to explore the art which has begun to pop up in preparation for the coming three-day festivities.

There’s so much more taking place in regards to street art than what I’m sharing, but these 20 photos will make you want to go to Life is Beautiful. I know my little walkabout inspired me!

If you’re not heading to Life is Beautiful and still want to check out the street art in Downtown Las Vegas on your own, you’re in luck. Many of the murals and more last beyond the festival. Park in one of the $1/hour lots like El Cid or the Lama Lot and head north to Fremont Street. Explore the blocks from Las Vegas Blvd. and Fremont east to 10th Street and north to Stewart. 

Street art in Downtown Las Vegas, a part of Life is Beautiful, but can be viewed year-round.

Meerkats by Bordalo II

Street art in Downtown Las Vegas, a part of Life is Beautiful, but can be viewed year-round.

Street art in Downtown Las Vegas, a part of Life is Beautiful, but can be viewed year-round.

Street art in Downtown Las Vegas, a part of Life is Beautiful, but can be viewed year-round.

Zio Ziegler — this piece is massive and spectacular.

Street art in Downtown Las Vegas, a part of Life is Beautiful, but can be viewed year-round.

Street art in Downtown Las Vegas, a part of Life is Beautiful, but can be viewed year-round.

Street art in Downtown Las Vegas, a part of Life is Beautiful, but can be viewed year-round.

Felipe Pantone

Street art in Downtown Las Vegas, a part of Life is Beautiful, but can be viewed year-round.

Street art in Downtown Las Vegas, a part of Life is Beautiful, but can be viewed year-round.

Street art in Downtown Las Vegas, a part of Life is Beautiful, but can be viewed year-round.

Street art in Downtown Las Vegas, a part of Life is Beautiful, but can be viewed year-round.

Street art in Downtown Las Vegas, a part of Life is Beautiful, but can be viewed year-round.

Bezt (Etam Cru)

Street art in Downtown Las Vegas, a part of Life is Beautiful, but can be viewed year-round.

Street art in Downtown Las Vegas, a part of Life is Beautiful, but can be viewed year-round.

Street art in Downtown Las Vegas, a part of Life is Beautiful, but can be viewed year-round.

Street art in Downtown Las Vegas, a part of Life is Beautiful, but can be viewed year-round.

Street art in Downtown Las Vegas, a part of Life is Beautiful, but can be viewed year-round.

Street art in Downtown Las Vegas, a part of Life is Beautiful, but can be viewed year-round.

Street art in Downtown Las Vegas, a part of Life is Beautiful, but can be viewed year-round.

Street art in Downtown Las Vegas, a part of Life is Beautiful, but can be viewed year-round.

Conwad

Note: I wasn’t able to properly credit all artists. If you know who is the talent behind images which have not been credited, please let me know so I can make sure to update. 

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Street art in Downtown Las Vegas, a part of Life is Beautiful, but can be viewed year-round.

About the Author

Diana Edelman is an avid traveler who recently spent four years living as an expat. Most notably, Diana spent nearly three years in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she worked with Save Elephant Foundation to raise awareness about the realities of elephant tourism. Currently based in Las Vegas, Diana works in many industries as a publicist, social media expert, content creator and journalist. The founder of Vegans, Baby, you can normally find her hanging out at vegan restaurants around town, exploring the beauty of the desert southwest or camped out at a coffee shop banging on a keyboard. The co-founder of the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective, Diana has spoken at conferences about travel blogging and responsible tourism.

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