What has steel skin, bright purple-and-pink LED lights and a lot of bubbles? A 20-foot art car dubbed Nightcrawler, which will bring a taste of the Burning Man festival to Downtown Las Vegas next month. The project is a result of a partnership between ride-sharing company Lyft, online retailer Zappos, art car rental company Fired Up Management and the City of Las Vegas.
Built on the body of a Chevy Express 3500 van and inspired by Dragomi, an art car seen at the annual Northern Nevada gathering, the street-legal behemoth will prowl DTLV starting July 7. On Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month, Nightcrawler will take off at Container Park and give riders a free tour of more than 20 murals and art installations—including “Big Rig Jig” (which made its Las Vegas debut during the 2016 Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival) and “The Mantis,” both formerly seen at past installments of Burning Man.
“We hope to give proof that there is a thriving community of artists and activists in Downtown Las Vegas,” says Kris Cuaresma-Primm, Lyft’s head of Vegas marketing.
Nightcrawler was created by Burning Man veterans Joshua Levine and Justin Mitchell, who have been building art cars for several years and are the founders of Fine Print Agency, an advertising and marketing firm.
Want to roll around DTLV like a Burner? Interested riders need to download the Lyft app and sign up at Container Park. Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.