Las Vegas, Nevada - The community is invited to join Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and Councilman Bob Coffin Thursday, September 6, as Main Street lights up to celebrate the completion of the more than two-year Main Street beautification project.
A new sculpture, Radial Symmetry, will be unveiled at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Main and Commerce streets. At 7:30 p.m., the celebration moves to the corner of Main and California Avenue, where local businesses will host a street party and new festoon lighting will be illuminated above the street.
“We are so excited for this project to be completed so that we can officially light up Main Street,” Mayor Goodman said. “The fabulous new showgirl gateway sign marks the south end of Main, and now we will unveil a beautiful new sculpture at the north end of the couplet. We have widened sidewalks and added lighting and landscaping, creating a complete street that is welcoming and inviting for those frequenting our wonderful businesses.”
The public is invited to celebrate at these events Sept. 6, and to come out for First Friday Sept. 7 to view the new artwork, lighting and street improvements while browsing through galleries, bars and businesses.
Radial Symmetry was created by 30-year Las Vegas resident Luis Varela-Rico. The two 16- foot-diameter stainless steel shapes that make up the sculpture where inspired by Southern Paiute basket weaving. The sculpture sits at the one-way couplet junction, with Commerce taking southbound traffic while Main conducts northbound traffic.
This one-way couplet runs between Las Vegas Boulevard and Bonneville, enhancing pedestrian safety on both streets. The approximately $52 million Main Street Improvement Project brings wider sidewalks, bike lanes, additional landscaping and curb extensions to both Main and Commerce streets. Funding was provided by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, the city of Las Vegas and Fuel Revenue Indexing. The contractor was Las Vegas Paving Corporation.