Oasis: Sammy Davis, Jr. Festival Plaza

Submitted by Wayne Littlejohn


Client: City of Las Vegas Arts Council

Location: Las Vegas, NV, United States

Completion date: 1999

Artwork budget: $8,500

Project Team


Wayne Littlejohn

Littlejohn Studio

Public Art Agent

Lisa Stamanis

City of Las Vegas


This is an early public commission I completed for the “Sammy Davis, Jr. Festival Plaza” (performing arts center) located in Lorenzi Park, Las Vegas, Nevada.


The bench is meant to offer a social oasis or a brief respite to those who are waiting for a performance to start, or participating in one of the many events. The Sammy Davis junior Festival Plaza(where the art is located), is a very active event venue, hosting a wide range of activities including festivals and events.


I have been fortunate to work with people on the public art council who care deeply about making sure our community has public spaces that offer beauty, inspiration, and safety. I designed and created the bench, and then coordinated with council members about placement.

The structures (a single bench) was hand carved in polystyrene, carved and finished with a hard shell material. It was then further detailed, after which it was molded, then cast in pigmented concrete.

Additional Information

This was the first project that I worked with a public entity to create. It was a small, intimate project which allowed me the chance to explore the many facets of creating and installing public art. The photos included, were taken over 20 years after the project was first installed. There is essentially little or no wear and tear on either bench.