Cuba Culture

A Journey Through Old Havana with Art Mural at Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City

Posted June 03, 2004 by publisher in Cuba Culture.

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A realistic three-story mural depicting Old Havana, Cuba was created exclusively for the Tropicana by local artist Michael Irvin of Irvin Studios in Egg Harbor Twp, NJ. Irvin’s inspiration for the mural was Tropicana’s $265 million expansion, The Quarter, which is slated to open in the Fall of 2004.

Reminiscent of old Havana, The Quarter at Tropicana is a 250,000-square-feet complex of signature restaurants, unique entertainment venues, distinctive retail shops and spa experiences.

“It’s a true work of art with an incredible level of detail,” said Dennis C. Gomes, president, Resort Operations, Aztar. “The mural `begs’ you to find new items each time you view it. If you look closely, there’s even a real working clock with moving hands on the Havana clock tower. Take special note to the name of the cigar store, Ana Ciport, its Tropicana spelled backwards!”


Measuring 660-square-feet, or 28’x23’, the mural depicts a Havana neighborhood with retail shops, cobble stone walks and buildings with their own distinct designs. It took the team of artists six days to draw an 18-foot section of the mural. To add to the realism, Irvin researched architecture in Havana only to find that the city was never built on a grid like most cities. Creatively, the artist was able to mimic the city by using a nine-point perspective approach, and the final result is absolutely amazing.

The Quarter includes three levels of more than 40 dining, entertainment, shopping and spa options. Also, not to mention a new 502-guest room hotel tower with 45,000-square-feet of additional meeting space and a 2,400 space parking garage. Upon its completion and when combined with the existing property, Tropicana will become the largest hotel in the state of New Jersey. The Quarter and Tropicana will provide visitors with three-times the dining, entertainment, shopping and spa options than any other hotel casino in Atlantic City.

Member Comments

On June 06, 2004, publisher wrote:

Just like being in Old Havana…a cartoon of Old Havana.