Travelers arriving at McCarran International Airport's Terminal 1 will see some new art.
The piece was provided by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The mosaic made of Terrazzo flooring material is located in Terminal 1’s Baggage Claim area and was created by native Nevadan Randy Heil, who now works as a designer/illustrator in the Phoenix office of the LVCVA’s agency of record, R&R Partners.
Laid-out as a 40-foot-diameter circle with a border reminiscent of a poker chip, Heil was inspired by the iconic landmarks that have defined the Las Vegas skyline both past and present. Highlights from the vintage skyline include The Dunes, Landmark, Plaza and Desert Inn hotels, as well as other references to Las Vegas history such as Heil’s childhood hero, Evel Knievel, jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace, and a mushroom cloud representative of atomic testing.
The modern skyline half of the poker chip art incorporates architecture of The Strip, including the Luxor Las Vegas pyramid, the Paris Las Vegas Eiffel Tower, the volcano at The Mirage and the Stratosphere Tower. Newer additions such as the distinct architecture of the Wynn Las Vegas, the High Roller observation wheel and the Las Vegas Monorail are represented as well.
Heil’s design was installed by Corradini Corp. and completed as the Clark County Department of Aviation executes a $30 million dollar renovation of Terminal 1. Work began in Baggage Claim with replacing the existing high-traffic carpeting with Terrazzo, as well as resurfacing some columns and walls, and renovating restrooms.
The project has recently expanded into the Terminal 1 Ticketing area where improvements include Terrazzo flooring, additional and renovated restrooms, new signage and a complete overhaul of airline ticket counters.