Plaza Hotel-Casino Gets a Massive Mural

The Plaza Hotel-Casino in downtown Las Vegas recently got “inked” in the form of a towering mural on its northern face.

Plaza mural

The mural is predominantly red and black, the two colors on a roulette wheel. If you don’t count green. Let’s not get bogged down in details.

The imposing mural is about 18 stories tall and was painted by a 7-8 person crew led by street artist and activist Shepard Fairey.

The mural is an amalgam of images. It includes a nod to Fairey’s most well-known work, an image of Andre the Giant (often accompanied by the word “Obey”), plus playing card symbols and the Eye of Providence, no doubt intended to represent the U.S. The eye is a prominent feature on the one dollar bill.

Plaza mural by Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey’s father’s name is Strait Fairey. We are not making this up.

From the eye comes a teardrop, inside of which is the Earth. We’re seeing a statement about global warming here, but the artist and Plaza officials insist the mural is open to interpretation.

Here’s a look at the new Plaza mural from the best angle we could wrangle without herniating a disc.

The new Plaza mural is a striking addition to downtown Las Vegas.

Numerous building-sized murals can be viewed downtown, thanks in large part to the Life is Beautiful music festival. Most of the murals are in the Fremont East district.

Here’s more about the proliferation of murals in downtown Las Vegas.

4 thoughts on “Plaza Hotel-Casino Gets a Massive Mural

  1. RustyHammer

    Last time I was at the Plaza I sensed there was something missing, but couldn’t put my finger on it.

    Glad to see the final piece of Plaza’s revitalization puzzle is in place. There was nothing better to spend that money on, without question.

  2. Funkhouser_1

    Now art is subjective in nature to it’s audience and while I think it’s a cool piece, I have to say WTF?! Not sure why The Plaza choose that to represent it’s exterior image. My immediate thought when seeing the piece is, it looks like the place is a a motorcycle or Ed Hardy hipster hangout. Why not spend the money on a cool two tone paint job on the hotel facade to distinguish from the neighbors? Now it just looks like a worn hotel paint job with a weird mural on one side. Kinda like those old factory buildings you see with one wall a graffiti mural that looks better than urban blight, but doesn’t make you want to stop or hang in the neighborhood.

  3. Wolfdog

    Staying next door at Main Street for 4 nights. With this “masterpiece”, there’s still no reason to step foot in there.


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