On 7th and Carson, there lies an enclave that has recently undergone a spiritual awakening. What was previously faded and brittle has been shot up with vibrant color and life, thanks to the recent Life is Beautiful festival that ran its course in downtown Las Vegas. Although the stages and ferris wheel have long been dismantled, the works of several artists remain scattered along various sides of buildings and walls that have graciously allowed themselves to become canvasses.
The result has created a magnetic energy in places that were once vacuous. There has been a slow, but continuous trickle of people drawn to see the murals, not just to appreciate their artistic value, but because they want to feel something. They find themselves driving or walking around areas they may have never visited in search of art. It is a beautiful thing, and this is exactly what my friend Dawn and I were doing when we stumbled into the enclave on 7th.
There are several new murals there, but the work by Zio Ziegler sucked me in like a Ray Bradbury novel. I recommend standing near it during a windstorm. It will sing for you.
As difficult as it was, I managed to step out of the mural and back onto solid footing. I suppose now would be as good a time as any to mention my outfit. I felt a bit as if I were wearing a painting.
Compliments of Coterie, these two pieces created a complex harmony that put my mind at rest. The barrage of conflicting thoughts that usually run rampant through my head came together to focus on the intricacies, much like viewing a nice piece of art.
I really love the Bohemian aesthetic. Loose fitting, flowing pieces can be so flattering to the feminine form. Having descended from Hungarian gypsies myself, I presume that is why I relate to the lifestyle. I did some wandering myself over the years. Who hasn’t, in some sense, right?
Both of these pieces are available downtown at Coterie, and the murals are everywhere. Definitely cause for some wandering.
Butterfly Chiffon Kaftan by Michelle Jonas
High-Low V-Neck Dress by 12 St. by Cynthia Vincent
Special thanks to Sabraw Photography and Coterie Downtown