Stardust Memories, Via LeRoy Neiman and The California
Here’s today’s Las Vegas thing we absolutely love.
In the registration area of The California hotel, downtown, you’ll find a framed LeRoy Neiman print on display called “Stardust Reflections.” Just drink it in! If eyes can drink. Which we’re not sure they can. Poor eyes.
If you love the Stardust like we loved the Stardust (and sort of still do), you’ll understand why this painting is crush-worthy.
A placard near the artwork sums it up pretty well: “Stardust Reflections encapsulates the colorful 48-year history of the Stardust Resort and Casino. Renowned artist LeRoy Neiman’s signature style captures the spirit of the legendary Las Vegas resort, as portrayed by a showgirl from the Stardust’s famed extravaganza ‘Lido de Paris’ and world-famous towering neon sign. Even though the recognizable marquee lights dimmed November 1, 2006, fond memories remain for millions of Stardust visitors.”
While the Stardust is gone (it was all blowed up on March 13, 2007 to make way for Echelon Place, which turned out terrifically), one can still keep in touch with the Stardust’s iconic sign at the Las Vegas Neon Museum.
The Stardust was the first hotel this blog ever stayed in during its very first visit to Las Vegas, so thanks to The California and the Neon Museum for keeping the memories alive.