The latest mural by artist Eric Vozzola can’t be seen in the typical public places where his previous large-scale works can be found. In fact, most people will never set eyes on his creation, a magnificent spectrum of rich gem hues that cast the Las Vegas sunset (and Sunrise Mountain) in a myriad of geometric shapes. Why? Because it’s housed in the main hallway of Helen Herr Elementary.
The last weekend in March, the school received a refresh courtesy of Sands Cares, the global corporate citizen program for Las Vegas Sands Corporation. The renovation included the designer’s mural, as well as a fresh coat of paint around campus and new bulletin boards.
Vozzola’s work, spanning a block of wall measuring 20 feet by 9 feet, took him and a team of three volunteers only 10 hours to complete. It was a record time for the artist, who doubles as a senior graphic designer in The Venetian and Palazzo marketing department. The new piece is intended to evoke school spirit and to inspire all those who walk through Herr Elementary’s doors.
“I want kids to see that they can express themselves in as bold of a manner as they want to, and don’t have to limit or suppress their creativity,” he says.
For more than three years, Vozzola has been lending his talent to the streets of Las Vegas. He has created a building-size mural with the Cultural Corridor Coalition and City of Las Vegas, another piece for the Art Motel at Life Is Beautiful Festival in 2015 and works for Clark County’s utility box beautification project, Zap.
“I felt like my art could serve well in a public setting,” he explains. -“I’m so used to seeing the drab palettes of commercial centers and the suburban sprawl that I felt the vibrancy of color and graphic nature of my work would pop and be really eye-catching. I wanted to give people in these communities something different to look at, and hopefully bring an appreciation for that type of art.”
Up next, Vozzola returns to lend his talents to Zap, this time creating works on utility boxes in the Northwest.
Photos by Key Lime Photography/Lauren Ungerer