The Plaza has embraced downtown’s growing art culture. In February 2017, the Plaza debuted two 21-story murals by internationally known artists, Shepard Fairey and D*Face on its North Tower. In September 2017, the artistic duo of Faile debuted the third mural on the north tower, which pays tribute to the Dogs Playing Poker paintings by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge. The trio of murals – likely the largest ever installed on a single building – add a vibrant artistic flare to the Plaza without compromising its historic integrity or classic ambiance. The murals are a unique element that further diversifies the visitors’ experience at the Plaza.
“BEHIND CLOSED DOORS”
Bringing another member of his family of dysfunctional comic book characters to life, D*Face’s “Behind Closed Doors” is not only his fifth mural in Downtown Las Vegas, but his largest to date. D*Face’s other downtown works are located throughout the Fremont East Entertainment District and include “Love Forever,” “Peace Maker,” and “I Gave Her My Heart, And She Left Me For…”
“I get to stay in many varied hotels in many cities, as such I’ve become fascinated with the comings and goings in these dwellings, the people, the stories, the lives that have been before,” said D*Face. “I wanted to play and use the architecture to present a mural to the public that is both a reference to and, I hope, a homage to hotel life.”
by SHEPARD FAIREY
Street artist Shepard Fairey brought his signature imagery to the downtown district with his newest piece entitled “Cultivate Harmony.” Visible from multiple vantage points in downtown, the mural spans a 21-story tower, making the Plaza the tallest building he has painted in Las Vegas. Downtown Las Vegas is also home to Fairey’s 2016 “Corporate Welfare” mural.
“Cultivate Harmony” is meant to have decorative appeal,” said Fairey. “As well as remind people that peace and harmony with each other and the planet itself are the only way to maintain what sustains us.”
“TRIBUTE TO CASSIUS MARCELLUS”
The Plaza Hotel & Casino also welcomes a new mural by FAILE, a Brooklyn-based artistic collaboration between Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, that is the duo’s largest in the world. Their work can be described as a combination of “high” and “low” culture. The mural will overlook the busy I-15 freeway and have about 200,000 cars driving past it every day.
McNeil has said he was thrilled to be a part of the iconic history of The Plaza, which has been a central hub for artists and art lovers of all kind.