It took awhile, but the Cosmopolitan finally found a surface that wasn’t covered in art … and covered it in art. On February 20, the Cosmo teamed with Flaunt magazine to debut a line of art-adorned door hangers. They’re like a portable and souvenir-worthy version of the casino’s beloved graffiti-mural parking garage. For this project, six contemporary artists offer their interpretations of that classic request for housekeepers to stay out or come in. The result is Do Not Disturb/Please Enter, which is for sale in a nifty box for $30 in the Cosmo’s Monogram and Vitals shops. Complementing the door-hanger debut, a selection of participating artists will have mini residencies at the hotel’s P3 Studio.
As a whole, the door hangers are bright, fun and slightly edgy, matching the tone of the casino at large. Rock ’n’ roll designer Alan Aldridge presents psychedelic designs. Celebrity photographer David LaChapelle has sexy imagery: “Do Not Disturb” features two lingerie-clad ladies in a bedroom embrace. Fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s gives this whimsically penned request: “Do Come In Princess Wants a Kiss.” L.A.-based multimedia artist Bert Rodriguez took a text-based approach with the intent to confuse the viewer. “I wanted to mess with the idea of the function of the object,” he says. “Those things don’t really work, so they might as well just be funny.” His door hanger reads, “Yes, by all means, don’t not keep out” and “Whatever you do, don’t not come in.” Considering that the “viewer” will likely be a housekeeper, this piece provides a delicious potential for … let’s call ’em serendipitous encounters.
“Has housekeeping ever walked in on you?” we asked Rodriguez at the show opening.
“Every time I stay at a hotel. This morning, it happened.”