“Spin Baby” – Rat Pack Crossroads Project

Submitted by Wayne Littlejohn

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Client

Location: Las Vegas, NV, United States

Completion date: 2020

Artwork budget: $260,000

Project Team

Artist

Wayne Littlejohn

Littlejohn Studio

Project Coordinator/Communications Facilitator

Mickey Sprott

Clark County Government

Metal fabrication

Tony Workman (and team)

Art Castings of Colorado

Engineering/Construction Supervision

Dana Ames

Horrocks Engineering

Installation/pedestal construction/concrete

Alan Nish

Raphael Construction

Lighting/programming

Mark Koch

Mayhem Media

Overview

The “Spin Baby” sculpture graces the confluence of three streets named for Rat Pack members: Sammy Davis, Jr. Drive; Dean Martin Drive; and Frank Sinatra Drive.
SPIN BABY celebrates the creative pioneers of the Las Vegas entertainment industry and ultimately, echoes the human voice.

This cast bronze and stainless steel sculpture stands 15 feet high and houses a programmable, low-voltage LED interactive lighting system.
A die-cut stainless steel screen adds contrast and visual texture while forming a see-through barrier, safeguarding both the viewer and internal systems.
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Goals

The area immediately surrounding the "Rat Pack Crossroads Project" (Spin Baby) will evolve dramatically over the coming years, seeing a dramatic rise in pedestrian activity. Goals for integrating this artwork were largely dedicated to placemaking, beautification and celebration of Las Vegas Entertainment History, but ultimately focused on the creation of a wayfinding point. Spin Baby's crossroads connect casinos, hotels, convention centers and resorts to the multi-billion dollar Las Vegas Raiders Stadium, Las Vegas Knights Arena and Las Vegas International Airport.

The artist's intention was to create a highly visible, dynamic sculpture which would transform the area with a sophisticated shape and dancing light, influenced by the viewer's interaction.

Process

Spin Baby was created using a multi-stage fabrication process beginning with a clay maquette.

A high-resolution digital model was created from the original 3-foot Maquette, then enlarged into a 12-foot polystyrene form, which was carved to a high level of detail, hard-shelled, refined and then molded.

Bronze and stainless steel parts were created from the molds (waxes) and welded over an engineer-stamped stainless steel structure.
A die-cut, patterned stainless steel screen was designed and installed in the interior to accent the microphone aesthetic, while allowing viewers visual access to the internal structure.

The digital programmable, low-voltage LED lighting system consists of 2 battons containing approximately 200 individual LEDs. The system has been programmed to interact with the sound and light produced by external stimuli.

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