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Banksy art installation at Palms is a Vegas first

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Posted at 12:52 PM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 22:05:29-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Monday, Palms Casino Resort debuted an extensive collection of street art, celebrating some of the most prolific names in the graffiti/street art communities, as part of the opening of Greene St. Kitchen.

As part of the collection, Palms will now be home to Las Vegas’ first permanent work by elusive street artist, Banksy.

The spray painted depiction of two heavily armed police officers with neon yellow smiley faces, titled, “Smiley Coppers Panel I” (2002) is on display inside the new restaurant.

With commissioned works by the likes of Kenny Scharf, Cleon Peterson, VHILS, Pose, and more, the new culinary destination continues the immersive experience and thoughtful art program at the property, blending art and food in a distinctive way.

Large-scale works, expansive murals and hidden nods to the artistic world of the graffiti community are seen throughout a mazelike series of five spaces, which highlights the interplay of gritty and lush moments found in urban street life.

After entering through a "speakeasy" video arcade with classic games lining the walls and a 1980's 8-bit video-inspired tiled floor.

A vending machine's secretive "door" next leads through to a tunnel painted by NYC-based graffiti artist CES, who pays homage to New York City’s iconic street art of the 80’s and 90’s through layers of tags representing graffiti legends such as SEEN, P-NUT, BLAZE and STAY HIGH 149.

“You can spend all day in there and think you catch everything and the next day you find something new,” says Palms’ Creative Director, Tal Cooperman, of the work.

The restaurant also honors acclaimed street art photographer, Martha Cooper, with a gallery of some of her most noteworthy photographs that document the 70s and '80s graffiti and hip-hop scenes in NYC.

Green St. Kitchen is scheduled to open on April 5.