Wheel of Misfortune Near Las Vegas

Thursday March 1st, 2018

Wheel of Misfortune Near Las Vegas

The Wheel of Misfortune near Las Vegas is an interesting art piece created by street artist Aware. in 2012.

I was in Las Vegas for a conference, bored and laying on my hotel bed anxiously Googling for something cool to photograph the next day. Photographing the Vegas strip… again, didn’t sound interesting. However I ran across this great article on VitalVegas.com about the Wheel of Misfortune. I’m always down to photograph something unique, plus it was on the way to Lake Mead which I intended on visiting anyway. Score!

The Wheel of Misfortune itself is located at the defunct Three Kids Mine alongside Lake Mead Parkway, specifically at 36°05’04.2″N 114°54’50.4″W. Aware. and crew painted the Wheel of Misfortune onto a 250 foot diameter thickener pit which was used in a leaching process at the mine. This is private property, so don’t trespass! However if you have a drone, you can park alongside Lake Mead Parkway and take a short 1,000 foot flight to take a look from above, arguably the best vantage point for something like this.