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City celebrates updated Playa Art Project in downtown Reno

Post Date:10/26/2017 2:26 PM

One year later, more new and familiar interactive art is coming to downtown's Reno Playa Art Project on Friday, November 10, 2017. The space originally opened as the Reno Playa Art Park in November 2016.

The public is invited to attend a grand-opening celebration on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 5 p.m. The opening will include fire dancers, a DJ spinning tunes and a welcome from City officials and Reno Playa Art Project representatives.

A two-time Burning Man Global Arts Grant recipient, the Reno Playa Art Project (RPAP) includes an assortment of interactive sculptures that were seen on the playa at Burning Man 2017. The park is situated in a space formerly occupied by two dilapidated motels on Virginia Street near Fifth Street in downtown Reno.

“I am excited that our City Council's vision is for Reno to be known for our arts and culture scene,” said Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve. “As we work to further our Thriving Downtown and University District, the Playa Art Project plays a critical role to connect UNR and downtown.”

In collaboration with Artech’s programming support, local businesses and community volunteers continue to bring interactive public sculptures from the playa to the City of Reno for temporary display for a second consecutive year.

“Several of last year’s pieces are headed to other cities for installation,” said Maria Partridge, Burning Man’s Artist Advocate, Curator and Project Manager on the project. “We hope that we will continue to provide those opportunities to other communities and artists.”

A mural by local muralist Joe C. Rock provides a picturesque backdrop for the park. This year’s sculptures include:

  • A Family Affair: A family-supported heart
  • Electric Dandelions: Giant glowing dandelions

  • Chicken and Egg Situation: Featuring a gigantic steel frame chicken

  • Maya’s Mind: A tribute to Maya Angelou

  • Skull: A metal skull with embellishments

Click here to download images.

The Reno Playa Art Project is sponsored in part by by Artech, the Eldorado Resort Casino, Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno-Tahoe USA, and the City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission. More information can be found at
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