What sprays in Vegas certainly doesn’t stay in Vegas!
On a recent trip to the gambling capital of the world (deep in the Nevada desert) is the amazing city of Las Vegas. But a stroll off the famous hotel-lined strip and heading towards The 18b Art District revealed another side of Las Vegas rarely seen! (no not those girls!)
The 18b name arises from the original 18 blocks designated as the Las Vegas Arts District, roughly bounded by Commerce Street, Hoover Avenue, 4th Street, Las Vegas Boulevard and Colorado Avenue representing the heart and the soul of the downtown Las Vegas corridor.
So heading up from The Stratosphere hotel and discovering an older part of Vegas that has some burgeoning areas of development along with a promise of some graphic art.
Yep there was a metal building that was melting in the heat – something straight from Salvador Dali! It was quite interesting to see the total contrast of modern high rise developments alongside an older vintage, typically American, shanty towns – offering a rugged canvas for the artists.
Exploring around every street corner was like a scene out of Pulp Fiction and made you think what was actually in some of these buildings, was that really a laundromat and was I safe here? (it felt as if a hooker and drug dealer should be on every corner and a drive by shooting wasn’t ever far away.)
Luckily my visit was mid-afternoon so everywhere was really quiet – most people were either on the Las Vegas strip or in the Designer Outlet Village – both just a few minutes away.
I have been to Las Vegas many times now and it was refreshing to break away from the tourist traps and find a relatively undiscovered area showing some amazing talents. Well worth a visit if you are in Vegas for 5 days or more and taking a trip to the Outlet Village past the downtown area.