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Face masks unveiled on prominent Eastern Avenue sculptures

Posted at 3:21 PM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 00:52:42-04

Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft this morning unveiled large face masks on the sculptures on Eastern Avenue immediately south of the I-215 Southern Beltway.

The light blue face masks, adorned with the hashtag #MaskUp and the County’s “People First” logo, were placed on the two head statues installed in the median in October 2017.


Anyone venturing out into public spaces should wear a face covering and practice social distancing in order to comply with the governor's directive aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus.

The Eastern Avenue sculptures are called “Norte y Sur,” which means “North and South” in Spanish. The 4,000-pound sculptures face north and south and are made of mild steel.

They were designed by local artist Luis Varela-Rico, who reportedly was inspired to create the works after seeing on a trip to Mexico large sculptures created by the Aztecs and Mayans.

The sculptures are 7 feet wide from ear to ear, 7 feet tall, and were created as part of Clark County’s “Centered” art median project that created artwork in 10 different street medians across the Las Vegas Valley.

The masks are 7 feet long and 4 feet tall.