Mid Century Modern Ornamental Block Walls Are The Inspiration For New Public Sculpture To Be Displayed In Downtown Las Vegas

UPDATE: Dedication is 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm (sorry for the typo)

Scaled_0408_art_ornamental004_t651Kristen Peterson tells the story in this mornings Las Vegas Sun:

Photo by Leila Navidi for the Sun

The ornamental concrete walls that accent midcentury modern architecture in old Las Vegas neighborhoods was a stylish option for shading and security during the 1950s and ’60s.

Today the decorative walls, conjuring up visions of martini evenings and jet-age architecture, are revered by fans of old-school Vegas.

So when designing a public art project on Hoover Street at Las Vegas Boulevard, downtown resident and artist Catherine Borg tapped into the patterns as a way to integrate old and new Las Vegas.

THE DEDICATION CEREMONY is open to the public on Wednesday at 5:30pm at the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Hoover, on the north side of the Soho Lofts Tower.

As most of my long time readers know, I’ve been collecting photographs of these patterns for several years. I’ve found 57 different ones, and am still trying to get around to publishing them all. Some day soon, since I now have a new inspiration to get it done.

Here’s links to several posts I’ve done on the subject

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