Street Art Las Vegas features anonymous works alongside pieces by well-known names, and documents changing attitudes to public art in the Nevada city
“Las Vegas wasn’t always blessed with the diverse collection of street art that we have today,” Shea continues. “Anyone who has lived here for the past 20 years clearly remembers a time when there was absolutely no street art to be found, other than what was considered to be illegal.” For Shea, the shift towards people viewing street art as a legitimate art form is largely down to the success of artists like Banksy, coupled with a change in public attitudes toward street art at a local level.
The design of the book aims to give the reader the sense of being in amongst the artworks it features. Images are presented to fill the page and occasionally bleed off them. “Early on, I decided to use more than the normal number of fonts that you would expect to see in the average book,” says Shea, who designed most of the publication except for the cover. “I figured that if I was going to break the rules of design, I might as well try to go all the way with it, so I went with a nine-point serif font for the main text, I replaced the page numbers with an ultra-fine sans serif, and even added a display font named Asphalt for the table of contents and introduction page.”