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las vegas: artsy

5 Apr

i was in Vegas this weekend celebrating my brothers big 21st birthday. it was an amazing time. aside from the usual casinos, nightclubs, and 5 foot frozen drink glasses, i was able to actually experience some beautiful architecture and art work.

we visited Crystals in the new City Center during our visit in Vegas. the architecture inside Crystals alone is beautiful to look at. clean sharp lines, interesting angles, and of course high fashion stores fill the inside of the center. it screams sophistication and elegance. it is also home to two very interesting and cutting edge exhibits.

the Glacia exhibit greets you as you enter the center and a slight chill comes over you. Glacia is an exhibit of giant pillars made of ice that rise as tall as 15 feet. the pillars rise from a bed of water and as they rise, intricate three-dimensional patterns are whittled into the ice. the pillars are also blanketed in different hues of lights that gleam off the ice. it’s truly a beautiful sight. one of the pillars in the exhibit is close enough to touch. and yes, we came to realize the pillars were made of real ice. they were cold and smooth to the touch.

the second exhibit we came across was called Halo. just as unexpected at Glacia, Halo exhibits tilted water vortices. this exhibit we were able to walk thru and even stand on. Halo is a maze of spinning and twisting water that seem to resemble tornados and twisters. standing next to one of the water vortices without getting wet was and interesting experience. the water would begin to spin into a vortex from the bottom and stretch to the very top of the container. eventually the vortex would ‘kill’ itself and take on a new shape. this exhibit added motion throughout the center and both exhibits were able to push the boundaries of natural elements–all while being indoors.

these exhibits were created and designed my a company called Wet Design. this is the company that also did the amazing water show outside the Belagio, the Volcano show at the Mirage, among many other water creations across the world.

“if there is magic in this planet, it is contained in water.” -Loren Eiseley



waiting for “the call”

1 Mar

public art. the world would be so blah without it. sometimes, you may not even notice it’s there. phoenix has actually become pretty big on public art incorporating pieces in pedestrian bridges, parks, tunnels, even transit stops. artists have the gift of creativity and the beauty of that is…it’s a “big-ticket” item. you grab an engineer, he’ll build a bridge. you grab an engineer and team him up with an artists and they’ll make a piece of art that’s used as a bridge. cities all across the country are putting out calls to artists to help with different projects and art programs. i found a site linking hundreds of calls to artists here.

here’s a few examples of some of the interesting calls:

“NYCDOT sidewalks”

NYCDOT has put out a call to artists to help improve the appearance of barriers throughout the boroughs. images will be painted directly on the barriers to pleasantly surprise and welcome passerbys. They will also help foster more vibrant and attractive streets throughout the city. to apply or see additional info click here.

“art on wheels”

Tiage Wines, a wine importer and distributor based out of Washington and Oregon, are hosting an art competition to find 5 artists to design and paint the company’s delivery vans. the company is looking for artists to help the company express the portfolio’s specific focus in an artistic and memorable way. pretty cool way of doing some “mobile art“.

“draw me project”

this project is a little bit different than the others. the artist came up with the idea for the Draw Me Series to create an exchange amongst strangers by using the simple model of portraiture. this piece is intended to bridge those boundaries between stranger and is available to people all across the country and world. the youtube clip explains it all. what i love most about this project is that it brings out the inner artist in everyone!

now get out there and answer “the call”…too cheesy? maybe.