The Vegas Art Challenge

by Debbie Wells 

Don’t underestimate the cultural side of Las Vegas. On a recent trip, I challenged myself to find fine art hidden amongst the glitz of the strip. This is what I found…

1-Take a tour of the Neon Boneyard where old signs from Las Vegas history come to rest and be restored in a junk-yard environment begging to be explored.

2-Look up at the ceiling to see the dazzling glass sculpture installation by Dale Chilhuly in the Bellagio lobby.

3-Stroll through Caesars to the Martin Lawrence Gallery with works by Andy Warhol, Vik Muniz, Erte and more..and the largest painting ever created by Salvadore Dali!

4-Bellagio has a fine art museum on premises.

5-Spotted near the shops at Bellagio – a Nick Cave soundsuit!

6-Spotted between Bally’s & Paris – a Steward Johnson statue entitled Aftermath. 

7-Sitting right in front of the Aria is a huge Henry Moore installation.

8-Tatsuo Miyajima’s HOTO, a mixed media tower made of LED lights, wire, and steel, resembles a “treasure pagoda” which merges Buddhist philosophies, technology and art is a fine addition to The Shops at Crystals.

9- Exploring Casa de Shenandoah: A visit to the estate of one of the iconic Vegas entertainers, Wayne Newton has unexpected attractions. In addition to his stables of Arabian horses, private plane parked for viewing, memorabilia of his life and career, Newton has an eclectic art collection, which includes several paintings by Margaret Keane (the artist portrayed in the movie, Big Eyes)

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