Okuda San Miguel to Debut "Mother Natura" at Park MGM's Mama Rabbit Bar in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (August 15, 2019) – Acclaimed Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel has partnered with Mama Rabbit Bar at Park MGM in Las Vegas to create “Mother Natura” – a project featuring the country’s first sculptural slot machines and an accompanying mural inspired by the legend of Mayahuel, the Mexican goddess of agave and fertility.
To access Mother Natura images, click here. Photo credit: JustKids
Through his acclaimed Pop Surrealistic style, Okuda created a mural of goddess Mayahuel looking down upon a valley with agave, accompanied by three slot machines embedded in painted fiberglass sculptures. The machines, which each stand at over 12 feet tall, resemble a bunny and two deer.
Okuda said, “I am delighted to create this new body of work and to have fulfilled this collaboration, in partnership with global creative house Justkids, for Mama Rabbit Bar and the prestigious MGM Resorts Fine Art Collection. I was immediately drawn and inspired by the strong visual traditions of indigenous cultures of Mexico, not only in the expression of the mythological but in the mastery of harnessing colors and compositions to convey their foundational ideas of the world.”
MGM Resorts International President of Events and Nightlife Sean Christie said, “Okuda’s innate ability to capture the spirit and beauty of his environment and translate that feeling into stunning works of art is what drew us to him for this project. From the moment guests walk through Mama Rabbit’s front entrance, they will be in awe of the masterpieces he has created. The experience will continue to unfold as they explore the venue and delve into the country’s largest mezcal and tequila collection, curated by Bricia Lopez, along with fun programming focused on music, food, sports and culture. One trip to Mama Rabbit will leave guests eager to return.”
Together, the pieces explore the relationship between nature’s mystical elements and Anthropocene- the current geological age. Okuda’s vibrant work invites audiences to make their own connections around ideas of modern life in its relation to their indelible roots, constantly manifested through the ebbs and flows of nature and society.
“Another central aspect to ‘Mother Natura’ is the leading role of feminine power, themes that I explore recurrently in my body of work,” Okuda added. “Here, the feminine is expressed as nature itself, in all its strength and vulnerability.”
Mama Rabbit Bar is an Oaxacan-inspired mezcal and tequila destination created in partnership with James Beard Award-winner Bricia Lopez – who was lovingly dubbed a “Oaxacan Princess” by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jonathan Gold. The concept celebrates Oaxacan culture and spirits with craft cocktails, a menu of small bites, and the country’s largest selection of mezcal and tequila.
Okuda adds to the ever-growing MGM Resorts Fine Art Collection defined by internationally renowned artists including Picasso, Maya Lin, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Ugo Rondinone and many others.
“Mother Natura” will be available for public viewing when Mama Rabbit Bar opens at Park MGM August 28.
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Okuda San Miguel is a world-renowned contemporary artist from Santander, Spain, best known for his unique iconographic language of multicolored geometric structures and patterns on streets, railroads and abandoned factories around the globe. In addition to his work outdoors, in 2009 Okuda started his own studio practice, now his fine art body of work has been presented in galleries, museums and private institutions across India, Mali, Mozambique, United States, Japan, Chile, Brazil, Peru, South Africa, Mexico and the European continent, among others. Okuda’s distinctive style of geometric harmonies emboldened with intense colors can make his artworks feel like they’re from a parallel universe. His large-scale site specific work such as murals and public art sculptures can be found dominating parks and squares in towns around the world. Okuda’s mixed media approach to works on canvas and paper employs diverse media such as textile art, embroidery, collage and wood, highlighting his insatiable thirst for creation and multitalented ability.