|Description of sign(s)|
1. Name: Circus Circus Hotel and Casino
2. Owner: Mandalay Resort Group
3. Address: 2880 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
3b. Additional Site Details: Circus Circus is a cluster of signage and buildings located toward the Sahara Boulevard. When approaching Circus Circus on Las Vegas Boulevard from the North or the South the first thing which is seen is Lucky the Clown, the giant, sculpted, roadside pylon, on the west side of the strip where the property is located. From the South as you approach the property A small double backed marquis sign for the Circus Circus is perched atop the corner or the shared and neighboring establishment of the Slots-a-fun's small street side covering. As you make you way past to entrance to Slots of Fun toward the Giant Lucky sign, the impressive porte cochere comes into view. The porte cochere is the centerpieces for the flankings of the electrified north elevation of the low rise Slots a fun building and the Lucky the Clown Pylon. Following the building North and around it's North elevation, and elevated tram track is exaggerated by the striping of red neon and incandescent bulbs. From there you see the letters horizontally along the high rise towers spelling Circus Circus. The rear of the property serves as home to the Circus Circus Manor, an RV park for the recreational motorist to stay in their travels.
4. Condition: Structure 4 Surface 4 Lighting 5
Notes: See description
5. Form: plyon, fasica, porte cochere
6. Specfic Description: The first description belongs to
the double backed color LED message center. The board is outlined
in rose neon leading up into neon scrollwork center-pieced at the
very top of the sign by a smiling clown face. Between the message
center and reader board are the animated neon words circus circus
in channel lettering with red neon.
7. Type of Display: neon, incandescent, backlit, LED, matrix
8. Media: steel, plastic, fiberglass
9. Non-neon treatments: graphics, paint
10. Animation: oscillating, flashing
Notes: see description
11. Environment: The site is bordered on the South by Slots of Fun, on the north by the Hilton timeshare under construction, and across the Strip by the Riviera.
1. Manufacturer: YESCO (porte and pylon)
2. Designer: Rudy Crisostomo/LeeLinton(Porte cochere) Dan Edwards( Lucky the Clown Pylon)
3. Date of Installation: Pylon: 1976, Porte Cochere: 1983
4. Date(s) of any major redesign/move: The backlit plastic message board of Lucky the Clown was replaced with an LED matrix screen. In 1983, the porte cochere was redesigned by Rudy Crisostomo and architect Lee Linton.
5. Thematic Influence: The Circus Circus is entirely encompassed by the theme of the big top extravaganza of the three ring circus. The furiously animated light arrays, sheer magnitude of the number of bulbs, intensity of light, all add to the exciting concept of the circus. The turn of the century fonts, reminiscent of the Barbary Coast block Style, are mostly consistent through out the property.
6. Artistic Significance: This theme was en effort to give a bit more respectable image to gambling originally in the late sixties and early seventies. They would incorporate live aerial acts over the casino floor The unique concept was accented by a higher capacity for staying travelers and more family oriented attractions. The giant backlit sculpted pylon Lucky the Clown sign stood as a standard for size and dominance. The 84 ton steel structure was all internally contained and lit from head to toe and welcomed guests and was on of the most memorable Las Vegas sign experiences. Artistically it was influential on the standard on how a resort could be totally encompassed by a theme to create a unique spectacular for most people as well as retain the brilliance of Las Vega's garish style.
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