Circa Resort & Casino Unveils Details Behind Extensive Art Collection
New Casino-Resort to Celebrate the History and Culture of Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS – Bright colors, Vegas tributes and vintage flair will define the art collection found at Circa Resort & Casino, set to debut October 28. Circa will add a new layer to Downtown Las Vegas’ already flourishing arts and culture scene with a portfolio that celebrates the city’s history and legacy.
“Circa will pay homage to Las Vegas and those who built this city, so it was important to have an art collection that reflected this,” said Derek Stevens, CEO of Circa. “The property is going to be full of ‘wow’ moments and will showcase significant pieces from the homegrown talent of Las Vegas. We can’t wait to expand on and be a part of the legacy of the terrific Downtown art scene.”
Fusing Then and Now, Circa was able to bring its creative vision to life with the assistance of DAC Art Consulting and the resort’s Director of Design & Architecture, Alice O’Keefe. Through its art, the resort will honor the city’s Golden Era and the icons that transformed Las Vegas into the Entertainment Capital of the World.
Below are highlights of Circa’s art collection:
- Vegas Vickie – Las Vegas’ iconic, 40-foot neon kicking cowgirl, Vegas Vickie, will make her grand return to Downtown Las Vegas with a sparkling fresh makeover by YESCO. The brightly colored sign will be one of the must-see features in Circa’s lobby and will kick her legs up in Vegas Vickie’s bar. Vickie debuted in 1980 and a few years later she made major headlines when she married her neon counterpart, Vegas Vic in 1994.
- Lobby – Upon arrival to the registration desk, guests will be greeted with a show-stopping, three-piece rotating mural. The first two works were created by local artist Jelaine Faunce with portrayals of a Picasso-esque rendition of Vegas Vickie and a still-life on familiar casino elements. The final piece in the cycle was made by Georgia-residing artist Reza Torabi and displays a scene of Downtown Las Vegas’ landscape transitioning from past to present.
- Second Level Casino – Paying tribute to the neighboring Four Queens Hotel, a painting by Paul Macias replicates neon signage from this famous Downtown property and will enhance Circa’s south casino entrance. Just steps away, a standout darkroom Benjamin Franklin print on silverflash by Kentucky native Darrell Kincer will embellish the back wall of the Cashier’s Cage on Level 2.
- Garage Mahal – Circa’s high-tech parking facility acts as one of the first entry points for the property and will welcome guests with a large, chandelier with Circa’s tagline, “Time of Your Life,” layered throughout. The sparkling light fixture will be complemented with three large murals by Eric Vozzola, delivering an artful take on the casino narrative with Mid-Century pattern work, casino signage and illusionary geometry. Featuring a warm palette, the murals will be an eye-catching accent to the parking hub, with the hopes that visitors find something new within the intricacies of the murals each time they pass by.
- Guestrooms – Circa’s room corridors will showcase a selection of sophisticated art pieces transporting guests back in time with compositions of a Vegas Vickie sketch painting by YESCO artist Paul Whitehead, a black-and-white polaroid series featuring handwritten calligraphy by Schin Loong, and playing card canvases and whimsical tributes to Dancing Dealers by Jelaine Faunce.
- Suites – Classy and stylish artwork will decorate the walls of Circa’s well-appointed suites. Works will be composed of a luxe gold-patterned geometrical shape piece by Sarah Scherf, a sparkling gem and diamond piece by Michael Afsa, a black-and-white still with a handwritten inscription of “now is my favorite place to be” by Schin Loong and a playing card interpretation by Jelaine Faunce.
- Barry’s Downtown Prime – More than 40 artists helped embellish the highly anticipated steakhouse concept from Chef Barry S. Dakake and Make It Happen Hospitality. Housed in Circa’s secluded bottom level, the restaurant will feature a throwback vibe complemented with cool vibes and great art. A trio of realistic style paintings by Jelaine Faunce will be a focal point of the restaurant, with two being a pair of flirty and humorous eyes and another of a woman’s face gazing in awe of the iconic Vegas Vickie statue above her. Other local artists that helped with the space include Tim Bavington, David Ryan, Zak Ostrowski, Barret Thomson and many others.
- 8 East – Circa’s pan-Asian concept by Chef Dan Coughlin will feature an urban contemporary vibe and drew its artistic inspiration from modern metropolises and antique Japanese prints. Las Vegas artist Liz LaGumina crafted six contemporary takes of women paired with a selection of delicacies for 8 East’s private dining room. The pieces will showcase women posed with foods like sushi, oolong tea, shrimp nigiri, lychee, mandarin orange and Asian pear.
- Jack Pots – The contemporary coffee stand from Michigan restaurateurs Paul Saginaw and Steve Mangigian will keep guests buzzing with its beverage selection and lively atmosphere. Going hand in hand with its name, the art scene will combine the likes of coffee, gambling, Jack playing cards and Vintage Vegas nostalgia with standout pieces by Liz LaGumina. Her giclee prints will signify the overall theme of Circa and were created by digitally aging photographs of antique Jack playing cards. Another spectacle was created by Recycled Propaganda artist Izaac Zevalking and was fashioned with spray paint and stencils.
The 1.25-million-square-foot Circa will include 777 rooms & suites, the world’s largest sportsbook, five original restaurant concepts, six beverage hubs, Circa Stadium Swim® pool amphitheater operating 365 days a year, a high-tech parking garage dubbed Garage Mahal, two-story casino and more.
For more information on Circa, please visit circalasvegas.com.
About Circa Resort & Casino
Opening October 28, 2020, Circa Resort & Casino will deliver an all-new integrated resort concept to the heart of Downtown Las Vegas at the historic Fremont Street. The only 21+ resort in the city, Circa will combine the best of Las Vegas service in a modern, state-of-the-art setting. The 1.25-million-square-foot resort and casino will have the world’s largest sportsbook, innovative entertainment and gaming, and unparalleled personalized offerings inspired by old-school Las Vegas hospitality. Circa will present eclectic dining options including premium steaks and seafood at Barry’s Downtown Prime from Chef Barry S. Dakake, Pan-Asian fare at 8 East from Chef Dan Coughlin, classic delicatessen cuisine at Saginaw’s Delicatessen from restaurateur Paul Saginaw, authentic Carolina barbecue at Project BBQ, and all-star menus at Victory Burger & Wings Co. from the founding family of American Coney Island. The resort also will showcase a dynamic year-round pool amphitheater, Stadium Swim, that will boast a 14-million-megapixel LED screen as the backdrop. Visit circalasvegas.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @circalasvegas to stay up to date with more developments.
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