On Saturday afternoon, a new art installation was brought to downtown Carson City thanks to a small group of art lovers who wanted to help bring more culture for all audiences to enjoy.
“Maya’s Mind” created by artist Mischell Riley was installed at 377 S. Nevada Street in the backyard of the current Fairway Independent Mortgage Company.
The owners of the building, Andie Wilson and Brad Bonkowski of NAI Alliance Carson City, couldn’t be happier to lend part of their property to a large public art installation.
Mischell Riley is also the artist behind âThe Mind of DaVinci,â the large public art sculpture currently on display outside the Carson City Community Center.
Maya’s Mind was first exhibited at Burning Man in 2017 before being shown to the Smithsonian American Art Museum for display as part of their art exhibition âNo Spectators: The Art of Burning Manâ.
The Mind of Maya is made up of a 20-foot tall bust of Maya Angelou resting on a stack of books.
The idea behind Maya’s Mind, according to Riley, was to build monuments of inspiring women in order to increase the representation of women of all races and religions. The series will continue in the future with Jane Goodall and Amelia Earhart.
According to Wilson, she is delighted to be able to display the art on one of her properties, although she does not own it; Maya’s Mind is still for sale.
âI would have been delighted to see this piece anywhere, in front of the Legislative Building, in front of City Hall, but it’s much more complicated to make it (on public property),â Wilson said. âWhile Brad and I own this property, Jennell is a tenant and is totally open to it, so we were like, ‘cool, what do we need for a base? How can we do this? ‘ It was still a hundred paces, but a hundred to a thousand.
Jennell Peck is the sales manager for the branch at Fairway where the part is being installed. She is also very happy to be able to look out her window and see the sculpture of an inspiring woman like Angelou, who then inspires her as a woman to be at her best.
âIt’s a great message,â Peck said. âAnyway, she always gets up. It’s amazing. Having a monument of a woman in front of a desk full of women is very inspiring. When I have a tough day now, I can watch my monument and think, ‘I can handle this.’ ”
Wilson also said the installation comes at an important time after the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent shutdown, but now that people are starting to reappear in the community, it adds something else for them to experience.
âThere is a lot of activity here and we knew we were going to come out of COVID; the world will come back to life. It’s a good thing for the community, âWilson said. âIt’s such a gift that we’ve had (Riley) here and so if Maya ends up being here for three years, great, 10 years, 20 years; if she ends up selling the part, she’ll move on, but we’ll be happy to help.
Riley plans to move to Canada soon, and Maya’s Mind shipping would have been as long as it was expensive, so having a place for the piece until it is sold has worked out well for both Riley and the Carson community. City. in general.
You can see the play in downtown, about two blocks behind Comma Coffee, located at 377 S. Nevada Street.
To learn more about Riley, visit https://bronzesbymischell.com/ and to learn more about Maya’s Mind, click here.