As the community continues to offer ways to support one another in the wake of tragedy, a familiar Las Vegas presence is reaching out from afar to lend a helping hand. Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number One has created two designs for T-shirts that, in collaboration with Red Rock Resorts Foundation, the not-for-profit arm of Station Casinos LLC, are now being sold online with all proceeds to be donated to local organizations assisting those impacted by the October 1 shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
“I, along with the rest of the world, was devastated to hear about the horrible and horrendous act of terror that took place in Las Vegas earlier this week,” Fairey said in a press release. “I have worked with incredible people in Vegas, and I have friends and family there. … My studio quickly banded together with some leaders in the Las Vegas community to create powerful visual messages of unity to depict the strength and resilience of this community. I’m proud that my team and I could help to contribute something that can give us all a message of hope in this dark time.”
The two images, “Neon Fist” and “Shine On,” also capture recognizable Las Vegas elements, including neon lettering which nod to the city’s design history. Fairey, who’s been at the forefront of street art for more than two decades, is most recognized for his “Hope” poster, used during the former president Barack Obama’s campaign for office in 2008. Fairey’s ties to the city include his murals at The Cosmopolitan, alongside Emergency Arts and, most recently, on the Plaza Hotel & Casino.
“Through this art collaboration, the Red Rock Resorts Foundation will continue to provide meaningful support to those impacted by this tragedy,” Richard Haskins, president of Red Rock Resorts said in the same press release.
Red Rock Resorts Foundation also recently announced that it has committed $1 million to the cause and is currently providing free hotel rooms to families traveling to Las Vegas to assist those in need.
The T-shirts are available for $25 at vegasstrong.co.