Las Vegas is known for its glitz, gambling, and now, an act of senseless violence that took the lives of 58 people and injured 489 others. But amid the stereotypes and the heartbreaking incident, the resilient city continues to develop a vibrant art scene that showcases the incredible creativity of artists both locally and around the world. One shining example of this is Justkids, a global creative house that works internationally and has recently turned Las Vegas into its giant canvas. Working in collaboration with the Life is Beautiful Festival, they commissioned creatives to bring street art into the original downtown Las Vegas area—2017 marks the fifth year that they have been curating the project.
Many of the works included in Life is Beautiful are murals that add colorful imagery to the facades of otherwise ordinary buildings. This year, however, Justkids raised their ambitions with site-specific installations that required some serious logistical talent. Spanish artist Okuda produced one of our favorite pieces in the festival that incorporates 2D as well as 3D work. His large rainbow-colored painting titled Rest of the three Graces sits nearby his 16-foot sculpture of a sitting creature called Smiling Bear King—a piece so big and heavy that it had to be transported by ship over the course of six weeks.
In addition to Okuda, there were 11 other artists invited for this edition of the festival. They include: Faile, Felipe Pantone, Kevin Lyons, Broken Fingaz, Mau Lencinas, Morag Myerscough, This is my b world, Luzinterruptus, Fafi, Bicicleta Sem Freio, and Zest. Check out some of their work, below.