If you haven’t heard about the Life Cube Project temporarily located in downtown Las Vegas, allow me to fill you in!
The Life Cube started six years ago when Scott Cohen wanted to create an art sculpture for Burning Man, an annual music and art gathering in the Nevada desert. Scott’s project made its big debut in 2011 and has had a huge impact on those who’ve helped build and paint it. There was even a wedding inside the structure at one point! This is the second time the Life Cube has been to Las Vegas and once again we have seen the community come together at a monumental rate. Watching friends, family, and strangers gather together to paint, sing, hug, dance, and share love is an amazing feeling. Not only do we get to decorate it with our own original ideas and inspirational quotes, there is also an array of events held around the Cube such as yoga and meditation classes, drum circles, local bands and DJs, and educational workshops. No sponsors necessary, this project is run solely by the community volunteering their most valuable asset; their time. The incredible dedication, energy, and passion from the volunteers is all that’s needed to fuel the Life Cube’s fire.
The greatest thing about this project is that anyone can participate, no matter your age, religion, occupation, or skill set…It brings everyone together. Even if you’ve never painted in your life, you are encouraged to grab a palette, pour some paint, and take a paintbrush to the Cube. This project is more than art, it’s about expanding your thought process through your own art form that is your mind and when you project those thoughts through your hands, magic happens.
When I asked Scott what his favorite part about the Life Cube is, he responded “I really love talking to the kids.” Hearing that sure warmed my heart! He’s spoken at over 40 schools, and has even driven outside of big cities to reach children that would unlikely experience the Cube because of their remote location. He also gave each school a smaller cube of their own to paint and contribute to the project. These are called “satellite cubes” made of canvas and wood. Some of which are scattered around the Life Cube like satellites around the Earth. Each one has two slits in the top, which are there for these “Wish Stick” cards:
Scott’s goal is to take his project around the world. He has received an amazing amount of positive feedback from anyone who has been around the Life Cube, and that’s what keeps his dream alive. Not only his dream, but others as well! He told me that many people have reached out to him and thanked him for helping their dreams turn into reality. Tear-filled thank you’s and warm heartfelt hugs. I started to tear up just hearing that, because I understand and feel it too; a very high-vibrational energy field can be felt around the Life Cube. You just have to feel it for yourself.
Now, I’m gonna come back to a word I mentioned earlier: “temporary”. What do I mean by that? Well on Saturday April 2nd at 8:00 pm, the Life Cube is going up in flames! That’s right, all the art, dreams, wishes, and aspirations are being turned into smoke. It sure is an amazing sight to see. You do not want to miss this. You are encouraged to come early to celebrate with the community, but are welcome to visit any time of day or night. It’s located in downtown Las Vegas on Fremont Street, between 9th & 10th street across from Atomic Liquor. You literally cannot miss it!
Follow the Life Cube Project on Facebook HERE.
Watch a mini documentary of The Life Cube at Burning Man HERE.
Written by Veronica Jones
I’d like to give a special THANK YOU to the lovely Pearl Frank, who took the time to help me make sure I covered all the amazing aspects to the Life Cube Project. You are such an inspiration to us all!