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Plaza Hotel & Casino supports photography project commemorating signage in downtown Las Vegas

5 June 2012

LAS VEGAS -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- The Plaza Hotel & Casino, a staunch supporter of continued development in downtown Las Vegas, is now supporting and housing the production offices of the Vegas Vernacular Project, which is preserving the unique and historic signs of downtown Las Vegas through photography.

The Vegas Vernacular Project was established to document hand-painted and illuminated signage throughout the city, with a focus on downtown Las Vegas. There are lesser-known examples of historic signs, beyond the landmark signs of Fremont Street, which are under threat of being lost as the city redevelops. Many of these signs reflect a unique look and character that the project is seeking to preserve through photographs.

The organizers of the Vegas Vernacular Project are Las Vegans Bryan McCormick, Geoffrey Ellis and Mark Johnson, who are all strong supporters of downtown revitalization efforts.

The creative and production team behind the project consists entirely of volunteers, with over 25 photographers, artists and gallery owners currently involved. The total team size, which will include support staff, writers, engineers and designers, is expected to grow to 50 people at the peak of production.

In addition to support from the Plaza, the Vegas Vernacular Project is receiving assistance from The Downtown Project, Adobe Systems and Box.

Organizers say a soft launch of a public website providing a curated view of the photography archive is expected in the fall of 2012.

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