Commissioned by PARK MGM, Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel and global curator Justkids returned to Las Vegas to bring to life “Mother Natura”, an installation composed of 3 sculptures and a mural, inspired by the legend of Mayahuel, the Mexican goddess of agave and fertility.
Okuda San Miguel a world-renowned contemporary artist from Santander, Spain, best known for his unique iconographic language of multicoloured geometric structures and patterns.
“I was immediately drawn and inspired by the strong visual traditions of indigenous cultures and the women of Mexico.” Okuda San Miguel
The installation was made from fibreglass and finished in Okuda’s studio.
Located at Mama Rabbit, Mother Natura is composed of a large-scale mural rendition of goddess Mayahuel looking down upon a valley with agave in the artist’s acclaimed pop surrealistic visual language.
Okuda’s distinctive style of geometric harmonies emboldened with intense colours make his artworks feel like they are from another planet! With two slot machines embedded deers and, at the centre, a throne in the shape of a bunny towering above at 16’ feet, then beam us up!
Together, the triptych explores the relationship between nature’s mystical elements and the creative role of feminine power, in all its strength and vulnerability, a recurrent theme in the artist body of work.
“Working with Park MGM on this unique artwork was fantastic.
As for collaborating with Okuda, he is simply game for any artistic challenge. Every time Justkids has brought him a new
project to the table, he was not only keen but able to
accomplish them with a unique vision and mastery.” Justkids founder and curator Charlotte Dutoit
Justkids captured the entire creative process from the artist’s studio in Madrid to the installation in Las Vegas Strip in a short video piece narrated by Okuda San Miguel.
Okuda’s artwork is the most recent addition 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, Henrique Oliveira and many others.
Photo credit Justkids