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For those keen on public art - the sculptures, land art and ephemeral street art, one object deserving attention is located on the grounds of the McCarran Airport. Find the Vaquero Statue by sculptor Luis Alfonso Jiménez, Jr on the xeriscaped hill close to where the old airport used to be. My personal connecting is fleeting. I first saw one of his works at the University of Texas and fell in love with the unabashed excess of color and motion. According to the Handbook of Texas Online: “His sculpture Vaquero pays homage to the fact that Mexican vaqueros were the forerunners of American cowboys.” Luis Alfonso Jiménez, Jr had a brash, eye-popping style and his work can also be seen in Austin, Texas and at the Denver Airport. Questions for the Airport Are there guided tours of the airport? Of the airport art? What’s the most convenient parking to visit El Vaquero? What’s the history of El Vaquero and why is it here? Questions for everyone What are you favorite, must-see public art installations in Las Vegas? What Las Vegas must-sees would you add to a creative visual treasure hunt? Have you seen any other sculptures by Luis Jimenez?