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[Life Is Beautiful 2014]

Life Is Beautiful’s street-art program returns to give Downtown a punch of color

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Pedestrians pass by a mural by Sush Machida and Tim Bavington on the Emergency Arts building in downtown Las Vegas Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.
Photo: Steve Marcus

Life Is Beautiful Murals

More than a dozen artists from all over the world are descending on Downtown this week, transforming shuttered motels, parking garages and plain old walls into works of art that will live long past the Foo Fighters’ final chords. Pieces include Irish artist Maser’s stripey installation (1), Fintan Magee’s fantastical scene (2), Li-Hill’s sculptural work (3), Roa’s horny toad (complete with shooting blood) (5) and a whimsical wall by locals Sush Machida and Tim Bavington (4)—all helping turn the ’hood into an urban art gallery, and making life a little more beautiful.

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