Life Is Beautiful founder Rehan Choudry and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh walk the festival grounds downtown Saturday.
People walk by the 3D mural on 7th Street on the side of the old City Center Motel during the Life Is Beautiful festival on Sunday.
One of the components that made Life Is Beautiful visually engaging was the art set against the backdrop of Las Vegas’ urban landscape, once grimy, now bejeweled with creative projects. Sides of buildings, many of them empty, in the downtown festival area were used as canvases for various mural projects. Burning Man art, including a large praying mantis that blew explosive flames out the top of its head, made the long trek south to populate the festival landscape.
Two projects stood out from the many others. One was the Art Odyssey, which was located inside the old Town Lodge Motel building on the corner of 7th Street and Stewart Avenue. Twenty-six artists and group displayed their art in the approximately 20 rooms.
And perhaps the biggest art draw for festival goers was a huge 3D mural on the side of the old City Center Motel across from the El Cortez parking garage. Festival goers found a huge pile of the familiar red-blue 3D glasses on the street next to the El Cortez. One of the most familiar photos from the festival would be of groups of three to six people wearing the 3D glasses and looking across the street at the massive painting. CL