Sam & Ash, LLP brings new large-scale mural by local artist Gear Duran to Arts District
On Friday, November 13, 2020, Sam & Ash, LLP unveiled a new outdoor work of art by Las Vegas-based artist Gear Duran titled “Rocky’s First Flight.” The 45-by-10-foot mural commemorates 100 years of flight in Las Vegas and celebrates the vibrant cultural community at the heart of the Arts District.
Evoking a playful twist on local aviation history, the artwork depicts a Boeing-Stearman Model 75 aircraft piloted by our very own Canine Executive Officer, Rocky. The featured airplane is similar to the Curtiss JN-4 “Jenny” plane that first landed in the Las Vegas Valley on May 7, 1920. Former World War I pilot Randall J. Henderson, along with his passenger Jack Beckley, completed the inaugural flight from Blythe, California to Las Vegas, Nevada.
“We were looking for something that would reflect elements of our own passions and history as well as celebrate the city that we call home. Gear Duran is an incredible artist who really brought our vision to life.”
Rocky’s First Flight
“Rocky’s First Flight” draws inspiration from aviation’s role in Las Vegas history as well as the Sam & Ash, LLP story. The plane glides over the ocean, flying east toward Nevada, alluding to Mirejovsky and Watkins’ Southern California roots and their own journey establishing a law firm in Las Vegas. Last but not least, seven United States Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation on the horizon as a salute to the US military.
The one-of-a-kind piece was curated by local art expert Brian “Paco” Álvarez who partnered with Duran to bring the vision to life. Álvarez said, “‘Rocky’s First Flight’ is one of the most exciting works of art to fly its way into the Arts District in several years. This project is an intersection of history, creativity, science, technology and fun.”
“We felt it was important to keep this project local. We loved being able to collaborate with a local artist and members of the cultural community like Paco to bring this mural to the Arts District, and joy to those who pass by.”