Art Lives in Las Vegas’s Underground Colony

11.05.10 Marina Galperina

1,000 people call the flooded tunnels under the Vegas strip their home. Driven underground by a struggle with poverty, drugs and mental health problems, they live in makeshift, water-soaked subterranean bungalows of scavenged furniture and books like NYC’s legendary Mole People. The community designated an entire section of the tunnels as their art gallery and filled it with graffiti. It’s a sunken outlet for when there’s no way up.