One surefire way to change the perception of downtown Reno, is to hold more art-oriented events that attracts a completely different set of locals and tourists.
The upcoming Reno Sculpture Fest is a huge step in that direction. When you look at the artists participating, wow I can't wait to see their creations, if I haven't already at Burning Man.
Reno Sculpture Fest will take place between the Whitney Peak and El Dorado on the ReTrac Plaza from May 8th-10th. The festival will feature over fifteen talented local artists including eight new commissioned sculptures for the event. The new pieces will be human sized or larger, up to 14 feet tall.
Many will have interactive elements, such as the opportunity to be painted on, moving pieces, cameras, projections, educational components (built with students), and performance elements. All artists are established and respected interactive, community driven sculptors in Reno and have produced many valuable works. Each artist is prolific and has a proven track record.
Reno Sculpture Festival is a collaboration among Reno Art Works, the Generator, the Regional Alliance for Downtown, Eldorado, Whitney Peak and Sierra Arts Foundation.