Thursday, January 26, 2017

Artists Shepard Fairy & D*Face Will Add Murals To Plaza Hotel & Casino

Shepard Fairey Artwork
The Plaza Hotel & Casino in conjunction with Life is Beautiful Festival and global art curator Justkids has partnered with contemporary street artist Shepard Fairey and English multimedia artist D*Face to unveil new murals in Downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 11. Located on the exterior of the Plaza Hotel & Casino, the works are the latest additions to Downtown’s ever-growing outdoor art gallery curated by Life is Beautiful.

“The Plaza, like Downtown Las Vegas itself, has a mix of classic Rat-Pack Vegas culture with eclectic modern influences, so we are proud to sponsor this mural project which will add a vibrant artistic flare to the property without compromising its historic integrity or ambiance,” said Jonathan Jossel, CEO of the Plaza Hotel & Casino. “The murals will further diversify the art installations available for public viewing Downtown and be another unique element enhancing a visitor’s experience at the Plaza and in Downtown Las Vegas.”

“Since its inception, Life is Beautiful has contributed dozens of permanent murals and art installations to beautify Las Vegas’ downtown district,” said Ryan Doherty, chief experience officer at Life is Beautiful. “We are very excited to have artists like Shepard Fairey and D*Face contributing to our community through these amazing works of art.”

Fairey, best known for his Obey campaign, Barack Obama “Hope” poster and most recent “We the People” work, will bring his favorite signature imagery to the Plaza Hotel, which is the tallest building he has painted in Las Vegas. Recognized for his pop-art style, D*Face will create a unique mural using bright colors, graphic shapes and comic book images.

“It’s a very ambitious project. The walls are massive and we couldn’t have found a better fit than Shepard Fairey and D*Face to do such challenging artwork because of the skills it requires technically and artistically,” said Charlotte Dutoit, Justkids curator. “We are very happy to continue our partnership with Life Is Beautiful on such an iconic Vegas hotel as the Plaza.”

The burgeoning neighborhood is also home to additional murals by both Fairey and D*Face located throughout the Fremont East Entertainment District. A testament to its commitment to enriching the Las Vegas community with art, this is the second time Life is Beautiful has collaborated with a casino-resort to infuse art into their property outside of the festival’s footprint.

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