Big Rig Jig Debuts in Downtown Las Vegas and It’s Glorious

The Big Rig Jig, a 50-foot-tall, 25-ton sculpture has made its debut in downtown Las Vegas, and it’s an undeniable jaw-dropper.

Big Rig Jig downtown Vegas

Oh, you know, just your everyday two giant tanker trucks doing the tango.

Big Rig Jig was created by artist Mike Ross, and became known worldwide after buzzed-about appearances at Burning Man and Coachella.

The public art piece was purchased by Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project, and goes on display in time for the Life is Beautiful music festival, Sep. 23-25, 2016.

Here’s another look, elevated.

Big Rig Jig, featuring two modified tanker trucks in a gravity-defying “S” shape, is set to be a must-see attraction downtown, and is destined by become one of the most-photographed pieces of public art in all of Las Vegas.

Big Rig Jig Las Vegas

Big Rig Jig has cleaned up real good for its Las Vegas debut.

As originally designed, Big Rig Jig can allow guests to climb up through the work and peer out a viewing platform on top. It’s unclear if visitors will be permitted to get inside the downtown incarnation.

Big Rig Jig is located at the defunct Fergusons Motel.

Big Rig Jig

It’s best if you don’t ask what happened at Fergusons Motel before it was purchased and closed by Downtown Project.

The former motel is at the corner of Fremont Street and 11th Street, a block west of Maryland Parkway.

Note: While the neighborhood around Big Rig Jig has benefited from the real estate investments (Downtown Project owns Fergusons) by Tony Hsieh, it’s still a tad sketchy, so best to visit in the company of a friend or pepper spray.

Big Rig Jig downtown Vegas

All that sits on this. Amazing!

Big Rig Jig, built in 2007, is a feat of engineering, and is described by the artist as “a commentary on America’s unsustainable oil economy.” Oh, artists.

We say Big Rig Jig is a commentary on how awesome it must be to have a bajillion dollars like Tony Hsieh.

Big Rig Jig is a visionary, surreal, larger-than-life work of art perfectly suited to an over-the-top town.

Big Jig Rig Las Vegas

The major export of Las Vegas has always been “wow.” We may have just cornered the market.

Check it out and let us know what you think, as long as you love it as much as we do.


12 thoughts on “Big Rig Jig Debuts in Downtown Las Vegas and It’s Glorious

  1. Troy Swezey

    Seems three or four years ago there was talk of that space being a large boutique shopping mall with a good three dozen different shops and some bars and such. I guess like container park but in motel rooms instead.

    1. Scott Roeben

      I take it you’re new here! Welcome. As you’re new, I’ll take a moment to explain what this site is all about. It’s whatever I want to talk about. That’s it! Simple criteria. There are other sites you might find that post news, but this isn’t that. This is a site devoted to things I find interesting. I hope people who stop by find the stories interesting, too. If they don’t, I’d say their time is best spent moving on to another, more interesting site. No harm, no foul. What I don’t think is a good use of their time is taking the time to share that they think something is boring or that it doesn’t meet their standards for what should be on a free Web site many hundreds of thousands of other people enjoy. What does such a comment add to the conversation? What does it contribute? How does it enrich the world or the subject matter? You’re more than welcome to post whatever you’d like here, as long as it’s not racist or an attack on someone else. I’d just request you ponder for a moment what you’re creating in the world. Are you building something or tearing something down? Are you adding or subtracting? It’s your choice, and thanks for visiting the site.

      1. Bouldersteve

        Too bad its not at Container Park. I think it would draw more foot traffic. But since it’s close it might help anyway.

  2. Jonathan

    Loved the sculpture, but why the condescending tone (“Oh, artists”) and the shitting on the neighborhood with the pepper spray jokes? I visited from Baltimore and you guys (and this includes several of the people who responded previously about the location) have no clue what a bad neighborhood is. I thought it was a great place to hang out. There is so much to see, it’s bright, it’s open.

    Anyway, thanks for offering up some information.

    1. Scott Roeben

      Thanks for leaving your thoughts. And, yes, even the worst parts of downtown are still fine. But that part still qualifies as shitty, sorry. Never feels unsafe to me, though. Just blight in general.

  3. Neat

    Are there a number of them or did it make its around? I remember seeing this a Coachella in 2008 and at the burning man festival


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