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Artist Paints Palms Casino

15 November 2001

LAS VEGAS -- (Press Release) -- Las Vegas' newest property, the Palms Casino Resort, today announced that Italian artist Filippo Ioco will exhibit his artwork -- a unique form of body painting -- at the Palms' grand opening on November 15, 2001.

Ioco's creations will be an interpretation of the architectural design and overall atmosphere of the Palms, displayed on twelve models located throughout the property, including the casino floor, Little Buddha Cafe, Nine and Ghost Bar.

``As soon as I saw Filippo Ioco's work, I knew he'd be a fantastic addition to our grand opening,'' said Palms Casino Resort president George Maloof. ``His creations are so subtle yet reflective of the location where they are displayed -- they really make you look twice. That's the type of reaction we want to create at the Palms' grand opening.''

Ioco, who uses the beauty of landscapes, nature and colors as his inspiration, toured the Palms a few weeks prior to the grand opening to scout the property's most dynamic locations where his artwork would enhance the overall spectacle of the location and atmosphere. Ioco's painted creations will include models as palm trees, to be stationed outside the Palms' main entrance; as table games and slot machines. Models will also be painted more abstractly in the colors and textures of different properties inside the Palms.

``Las Vegas as a city has so many of the elements that I use in my work,'' said Ioco, ``and I've never exhibited my work in Las Vegas before. The Palms is a beautiful property with so many unique and stimulating settings. I'm honored that George Maloof has invited me to translate his property into artwork for the Palms' grand opening.''

Ioco's love for environment and color led him to begin his career painting oversized canvases. After numerous gallery shows, he sought a form of art that would leave a greater impression in observers' minds and keep them talking about what they'd seen. He decided upon using the human body as his canvas, and has since found great success using his creations in advertising, television, music videos and in art exhibitions, including postcards for the Caribbean, commercials for Heineken beer, Ricky Martin's Puerto Rican concert tour, and in New York City fashion runway shows.

His artwork was also exhibited at the prestigious Whitney Museum's 30th anniversary gala and at the Silver Whale Gallery and Gallery 109 in New York. Originally from Italy, Ioco currently resides in Puerto Rico, where he finds much of his inspiration.

The Palms Casino Resort is the $265 million boutique resort scheduled to open November 15. Owned by the Maloof family, the new 455-room property will offer an exciting mix of restaurants and bars, a14-theatre Cineplex, a 1,500-seat, multi-use entertainment venue and a 95,000-square-foot casino. It is located just west of the Las Vegas Strip and I-15 on Flamingo Road, minutes from the Forum Shops and Fashion

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