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Public Art Practice

The focus of my public art is defining the site with a cultural and historical reference that resonates with the local community. The concepts of Creative Placemaking are integral to my work. Two public art projects have received a Las Vegas Mayor’s Urban Design Awards for Public Art. The first award was in 2008.  I was a design team member with Dayo Adelaja, Sylvester Collier and Adolfo R. Gonzalez for the sculpture "Ancestral Gateway." The second award was in 2011 for "Flourish", a cultural urban trail consisting of twelve sidewalk enhancements along the Cultural Corridor. I have completed 9 public art projects to date.

Liberty Belle

Liberty Belle references the site's former structure, on this same block, the Liberty Bell Saloon and Restaurant which had existed for 47 years before being torn down. It housed the Slot Machine museum. Its owners were descendants of the inventor of the Liberty Belle Slot Machine, which helped shape not only Reno's major industry, but the state's primary industry. The symbols reference early slot machine symbols and the half circle design and colors reference many of the slot machine designs.