Art Island, an outdoor gallery for the exhibition of large-scale festival-style artwork, is expected to open to the public this summer at Area 15, an immersive art and entertainment complex being developed near the Las Vegas Strip.
It will be free to visit and is anticipated to be the city's latest spot for unique photo opportunities. In addition to being an open-air exhibit, Art Island will connect prospective clients with artists, organizers said. Buyers can purchase work on display or commission an original from the represented artists.
"With many popular desert festivals being postponed this summer, the public will soon have a brand-new, ongoing opportunity to engage with the theatrical, interactive artwork synonymous with these events," said Area 15 CEO Winston Fisher.
"At Art Island, we intentionally created a permanent showcase for these extraordinary pieces. After all, what seems a more fitting, organic home for this sort of spectacle than Area 15 -- in the shadow of the over-the-top Las Vegas Strip?"
Michael Beneville, chief creative officer of Area 15 and founder and CEO of Beneville Studios, curated Art Island in collaboration with Josh Levine, founder of Fired Up Management.
Michael Benisty’s “In Every Lifetime I Will Find You” is on display at Art Island. Photo Credit: Peter Ruprecht
"Art Island acknowledges the growing audience for this burgeoning, outdoor art form distinctive for its accessibility and ability to create new art enthusiasts," Beneville said. "Here, for the first time in an urban setting, will be a place where collectors and lovers of visual culture alike can walk among this monumental artwork in a setting unlike anywhere else.'
Art Island features original pieces by Michael Benisty, Davis McCarty and Ivan McLean.
Benisty's "In Every Lifetime I Will Find You" explores the love between people and across humankind through a couple represented in 14 feet of mirrored polished steel.
"Pulse Portal" by McCarty is a 20-foot archway of iridescent light that changes depending on the viewer's perspective.
"El Scorcho" by McLean is a 15-foot tall, fire-breathing dragon said to have emerged from the fires of Tolkien's Mordor.
Prospective buyers interested in the artwork may arrange a private viewing by clicking here. For more information about Area 15, visit Area15.com.