Reno artist Jeff Johnson installed a guerrilla art piece near Keystone Avenue and McCarran Boulevard earlier this evening. The piece was made of neon tubes placed on the ground and was lit from approximately 7:30-8:30, long enough to draw the attention of a few passing motorists, mountain bikers and pedestrians. Johnson said the impetus for this piece was simple—it’s a version of Nevada’s unofficial new COVID-19-era slogan, “Stay home, Nevada,” a play on our more permanent tagline and state song title, “Home Means Nevada.”

 

Jeff Johnson and Kaelyn McGowen connect the neon to a portable electricity supply.

Downtown Reno’s nighttime skyline, usually gleaming with casino-tower lights, has been dark since the state ordered most businesses closed.

Photos: Kris Vagner

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Kris Vagner is Double Scoop’s editor in chief. In former lives she was a literature student in Arizona, an art student in Boston and Los Angeles, an artist, gallery owner, art teacher, and Arts Editor for the Reno News & Review. She’s been writing about Nevada art and culture since 2004. More at www.krisvagner.com.

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