When Cherry Development needed a muralist to cover three sides of its new, 84-unit ShareDowntown Fremont East apartments, the company reached out to pop mashup artist Snipt (Derek Douglas), who in turn looked to some key figures from Las Vegas’ storied past. He created hip and vibrant portraits of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., and installed them with the help of his own Rat Pack: members of the Cult 33 art collective (cult33.blog), to which he belongs.
“When ShareDowntown reached out for a three-sided mural … a tribute to the Rat Pack was the first concept that came to mind,” Snipt says. “With the help of You Killed Me First and Dan 45, we scaled the four-story facade and braved the wind and rain over five days to install these large scale murals. I hope that residents, locals and tourists smile when they see Sammy, Dean and Frank overlooking DTLV.”
Snipt’s Rat Pack reunion is happening now at the corner of 11th Street and Stewart Avenue, and at sniptlv.com. –Geoff Carter
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