Newly installed sculpture honors The Rat Pack
It’s a fact, Jack — the Rat Pack is back. Permanently. And artistically.
The legacy of Vegas’ iconic quintet — the late Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford — has been immortalized in bronze with the placement of the new statue titled “Spin Baby.”
Created by artist Wayne Littlejohn, the 15-foot-tall, spiraling piece of public art was installed on Jan. 16 in a public ceremony at the intersection of Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra drives. Said Littlejohn in a statement: “While this monumental sculpture, ‘Spin Baby,’ celebrates the current moment, it wholly embraces the midcentury flavor of old Vegas, too. I wanted to celebrate the amazing entertainers of Las Vegas, past and present, with a focus on the significance of the human voice.”
The statuary is perfectly positioned, given that the former Industrial Road was rededicated four years ago in honor of Davis, linking it to the drives named for his swingin’ compadres.
“This corner is an important one, seeing about 20,000 vehicles pass by it daily, and that will continue to grow with tourism and the opening of Allegiant Stadium and properties such as Resorts World,” said Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom, who represents the area, in a statement.
“The crossroads of The Rat Pack is deserving of its own public art, further growing a collection of locally-created, world-class art in Las Vegas.”