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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The focus of my public art is defining the site with a cultural and historical reference that resonates with the local community.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.

Western Icons

Western Icons references the symbols of the west: the wagon wheels cutting into the soil to mark the pioneer trails, such as the Henness Pass Trail, that passed near this site and cattle brands which were considered the cattleman's coat of arms and were referenced as the heraldry of the west. The cattle brands depicted here are expired brands of Reno and the Truckee Meadows area. Brands are registered and have been traded, sold, lost and passed down from one generation to the next.