Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel — whose use of skulls, religious iconography, and human figures in his pop surrealistic work — adds Las Vegas to his list of places featuring his art. Now he’s teamed up with Mama Rabbit, opening Aug. 28 at the Park MGM, to create “Mother Natura.” The mural pays homage to Mayahuel, the Mexican goddess of agave and fertility, and finds a home not only inside the bar, but on sculptural slot machines in the casino.
The mural features the goddess Mayahuel looking down on a valley with agave, accompanied by three slot machines embedded in painted fiberglass sculptures. A bunny and two deer appear on the 12-foot machines.
Mama Rabbit comes from Los Angeles’ Bricia Lopez, who won a James Beard Foundation classics winner in 2015 at Guelaguetza, one of the first Oaxacan restaurants in Los Angeles that she owns with her family. Lopez, called the “Oaxacan Princess” by the late Jonathan Gold of The Los Angeles Times, plans to open the 4,400-square-foot Mama Rabbit next to Roy Choi’s Best Friend, serving a menu of tequilas, mezcals, and craft cocktails. In April, Lopez said she would include a small menu of six items including molé, tacos, and vegetable dishes.
Lopez chose the name Mama Rabbit from the Oaxacan legend of Mayahuel, the goddess of agave and fertility. As the story goes, she had 400 rabbit children and fed them mezcal and tequila.
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