Oscar B. Goodman Tribute Plaza Dedication at Symphony Park

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Private donors and community influencers gather to celebrate the legacy of Mayor Oscar B. Goodman

WHAT:
In recognition of three-term Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, a group of community leaders has joined to design and fund a Tribute Plaza in honor of our city’s most popular public servant. It includes a bronze bust of Goodman by renowned sculptor, Benjamin Victor, along with a tribute wall that features his many significant accomplishments while in office, particularly those that relate to downtown redevelopment.  The Tribute Plaza is a key component of the park at Symphony Park and is one of three outdoor busts in the park.  In addition to Goodman, the other two dedicatory sculptures in Symphony Park are of Donald W. Reynolds and Fred and Mary Smith.

Goodman’s Legacy: Mayor of the city of Las Vegas for 12 years from 1999 to 2011, Goodman made his top priority the revitalization of downtown Las Vegas. His legacy includes many of the landmark projects that have transformed the area, helping to establish a new center of culture and medicine for Southern Nevada and spawning the growth of dozens of small businesses. Major projects envisioned by Goodman that began or came to fruition during his tenure include Symphony Park, home of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health; World Market Center; Las Vegas Premium Outlet Mall North; The Mob Museum; The Neon Museum; a new Las Vegas City Hall; the Historic Fifth Street School; Molasky Corporate Center and Zappos new headquarters and dozens of restaurants, bars and art galleries.

About the artist:  South Dakota sculptor Benjamin Victor is a former resident of Las Vegas with strong family ties to the city and whose works now dot the state. In 2005, his six-foot bronze sculpture of Sarah Winnemucca, an outspoken Paiute educator, author and activist from 19th century Nevada, became the eighth woman and fourth Native American to be enshrined in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. Victor was only 26 years old at the time and is the youngest artist to create for the Hall, a chamber in the U.S. Capitol dedicated to prominent Americans who helped to shape our country’s history. Victor, a prolific sculptor whose list of monumental works grows each year, recently completed a bronze portrait of former Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn for UNLV. And in Northern Nevada, multiple Victor sculptures grace historic areas of Reno and are part of the Re-Trac Corridor Sculpture project.

WHEN: Monday, March 12
Tribute Wall Unveiling and Dedication:  4 to 4:20 p.m.

WHERE: Symphony Park
Enter Symphony Park from Grand Central Parkway at the monument and follow the event signs for the park.

WHO:

  • Mayor Oscar B. Goodman
  • Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman
  • Current and former members of Las Vegas City Council
  • Dan Van Epp, EVP, Newland Communities
  • Don Snyder, Chairman of the Board, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
  • Artist Benjamin Victor
  • Key project donors

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