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April 21, 2019

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Joe Downtown: Run, don’t walk. Fire-breathing praying mantis menaces downtown Las Vegas

Fire-breathing Praying Mantis

Joe Schoenmann

A fire-breathing, metallic praying mantis at the Container Park challenges even the normal oddness of downtown Las Vegas.

Bathrooms: check. Cuboid retail structures: check. Ginormous, metallic praying mantis: check.

The Container Park, at 7th and Fremont streets, added a key piece to its montage of oddities that challenges even the normal oddness of downtown Las Vegas.

The 35-foot green sculpture, formerly featured at the annual Burning Man festival in Northern Nevada, breathes fire and greets visitors at the park’s entrance. The mall is expected to open by October.

Joe Schoenmann doesn't just cover downtown, he lives and works there. Schoenmann is Greenspun Media Group's embedded downtown journalist, working from an office in the Emergency Arts building.

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