The Burner effect, part two – Nevada outdoor museums

ArtsHub continues its trek along the Nevada Art Trail and discovers a wild and wonderful range of outdoor art.
Nevada Art Trail. An installation in the desert with mountains in the background of a line of white concrete figures representing Christ and the disciples at the last supper. Only their cloaks are visible, the statues are empty.

More like a rite of passage for Nevadians, the Burning Man festival has fuelled a generation of “Burners” who spend each year getting ready for the fun, while the artists, also “Burners” spend their year making art. The works are huge and robust, often made of scrap steel, car parts or as container experiences.

In Reno, the Neon Line project and surrounding area is alive with art. Jeff Jacobs, J Resort’s Chairman and CEO, has filled J Resort with work by Alex Katz, Robert Indiana, Alexander Calder and Robert Motherwell. But he has also brought the street alive with huge digital screens and some very large-scale sculptures all displayed on the street.

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Gillian Serisier is an editor and writer working across art, architecture, design and travel. Constantly mapping the influence of design, she brings a particular way of looking at how both function and aesthetics positively contribute to the lived experience.