Fairy tales do come true – and for acclaimed artists Su Limbert and Sierra Slentz, that means a magical interactive installation at the P3Studio at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.
Through July 12, the art space located on the third floor of the East Tower will be transformed into "An Open-Ended Narrative," a forest diorama with a 5-foot bear sculpture. The carving of the bear itself is where the artists' work pauses and a massive collaboration begins. Surrounded by miniature sculptures created by the visitors to the gallery, the bear exhibit tells a story that emerges and develops with each little house, figurine and abstract object added to the space. Visitors will have the chance to speak with Slentz and Limbert, as well as add to the open-ended narrative by writing down in a book a personal interpretation of what they see.
"This collaborative village encourages participants to experience art making, to work with materials that they may have limited or no experience with, and gain a deeper appreciation for the process of making art," explained Limbert, who was named among the 2012 next emerging artists by Las Vegas CityLife.
Before Slentz and Limbert became the new artists-in-residence at P3, they were friends who met as expectant mothers. Now the two form a dynamic duo that has been making waves in the art world for four years.
"We love the idea that some visitors will be there specifically to experience our installation while others happen to wander in while finding a moment's escape from a night out to the casino floor or nightclub," said Slentz, an MFA graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Talk about a storybook ending.