Henderson continues to enhance the City’s downtown Water Street District through the talent of 13 handpicked artists who transformed 12 existing concrete benches into unique works of art. The project was made possible through AARP’s Community Challenge grant totaling $12,000. The benches, located along Army Street, were finished with a graffiti-resistant coating.
The theme, a celebration of water, was reflected in the benches with designs focusing on raindrops, a koi pond, the desert, and prehistoric fossils, among many others including more stylized interpretations.
Designs and applications were completed by 11 individual artists and one team of two artists in November. These artists were chosen from 60 submitted applications and include Henderson residents as well as those who recently relocated to Southern Nevada. They have displayed their work in art shows held in the Las Vegas Valley – including Henderson’s Art Festival – and around the country.
Henderson Mayor Debra March leads a video tour of these colorful benches in the Dec. 14 edition of Mondays With the Mayor.
The City continues to pursue its vision for an authentic downtown core that is welcoming to everyone. The goal: for the Water Street District to be both a place to call home and a community gathering space by offering a collection of retail, professional services, family activities, arts and nightlife entertainment, employment centers, and educational opportunities.
The selection committee was composed of members of the Henderson Arts & Culture Council, the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee, and representatives from City of Henderson departments including Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Community Development & Services, and the Redevelopment Agency.