The art lineup includes local and global artists
By Jason R. Latham | Las Vegas, NV | Life Is Beautiful
The final elements of 2021’s Life Is Beautiful Music and Art Festival are falling into place, as organizers have unveiled the lineup of artists that will have their work displayed throughout the Downtown Las Vegas event site. As has been tradition since 2013, art programming for the 2021 festival is curated by the woman-run creative house Justkids, and pairs traditional works with immersive art and walkthrough experiences.
Among the notable additions to this year’s lineup: Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart, which will bring an outdoor “Micro-Breakroom” to the festival, featuring rapping employees Nate and Hila, grocery-themed games, a sneak peek at Omega Mart’s grocery delivery truck, and a chance to be named “Employee of the Moment” if you participate in the brand’s “take on product research testing.” It’s anyone’s guess what that means, but it should be one of the most popular attractions near the Huntridge Stage.
Life Is Beautiful 2021 is also bringing back a returning champion in the form of the Bacardi® Art Motel, featuring artists Antonyo Marest and Spidertag. Another immersive art piece that’s likely to inspire a million Instagram posts is artist Laurie Shapiro’s “Flowers Are Not A Crime,” an interactive pro-cannabis work commissioned by Weedmaps.
Justkids, which counts downtown’s The Plaza Hotel & Casino and Electric Daisy Carnival among its notable Las Vegas clients, has again made this year’s Life Is Beautiful a showcase for local artists. Among them: sculptor Amy Sol; Izaac Zavalking (a.k.a. Recycled Propaganda); Strider Patton; Adam Rellah (a.k.a. Pretty Done); Mary Felker; Mila May; and urban art collective Graffiti Park.
For those that want to bring a piece of Life Is Beautiful art home with them, Fergusons Downtown will recreate its acclaimed Market In the Alley at the festival, featuring art, photography, jewelry, clothing, and other works by local creators.