CityCenter: Fine Art Collection in Las Vegas Strip
By Paulina Sánchez |
At the CityCenter of Las Vegas, admire the world’s largest corporate art collection, placed along the pathways and terraces of Las Vegas Strip.
The United States has several interesting cities to visit. Think, for example, about New York, Chicago, Miami and Oahu. However, a city that you can’t miss in your next trip to the United States is Las Vegas. This destination is a favorite for many travelers, as it’s a perfect mix of fun, entertainment, glamour, luxury and art. You will be able to enjoy all of this inside the hotels, but also outdoors in your daily walks on Las Vegas Strip.
What is Las Vegas Strip?
Las Vegas Strip, also know as The Strip, is a section of approximately 6.5 kilometers of Las Vegas Boulevard South. It has gained worldwide fame after being portrayed in several films. Some of them include Con Air, Hang Over, Ocean’s Eleven and many more. Its popularity is such that today it has 18 of the 25 largest hotels in the world. On the other hand, its cultural and historical value has made it one of the All-American Roads, recognized by the United States Transportation Department.
What is the CityCenter of Las Vegas Strip?
This small community of hotels in Las Vegas Strip is equipped with the latest in technology. Also it was awarded the Five Diamonds recognition, it houses first class spas, restaurants with the best of the international gastronomy and luxury boutiques. What’s more, it has one of the world’s largest corporate art collection ever to be exhibited in a public space! Together with its exclusive condo towers and casinos, the CityCenter is the biggest construction project created with private financing in the United States.
The CityCenter Project of Las Vegas Strip
MGM Resorts International and Dubai World generated the sparkle that gave birth to the construction of the CityCenter project of Las Vegas Strip. Yet, it was carried out by different architects, artists and designers. Now, thanks to their vision and talent, their work may be enjoyed individually or as a whole. Therefore, the CityCenter can be defined as a huge gallery. The buildings and works of art strategically placed along the pathways and terraces come together as a gigantic exhibit. Actually, it’s the first permanent contemporary art collection in a public space in Las Vegas and the world’s largest corporate art collection. That’s why DINKtravelers, as your world travel guide, has created this tour. It will give you the chance to learn about the architecture and art works that are valuable pieces of this collection.
Aria Resort & Casino in the CityCenter of Las Vegas Strip
It’s true that the Aria Resort & Casino is the main attraction of the CityCenter. However, the rest of the buildings that integrate this architectural ensemble are not less beautiful. Together, they paint an urban landscape with unique geometrical combinations. In that sense, the Aria has two crystal semicircular towers with floor to ceiling windows in all the guest rooms that allow a maximum usage of natural light. Of course, they also offer spectacular night views of the CityCenter and Las Vegas Strip. In addition, the hotel has a three story lobby decorated with natural materials including stone, wood and foliage.
At the hotel reception, begin your tour through the world’s largest corporate art collection. There you’ll find the work of artist Maya Lin, “Silver River”. She drew inspiration from the topography of the Colorado River in the United States.
In the parking area you will find the work of Jenny Holzer entitled “VEGAS”. It consists on a series of LED panels that display different phrases and welcome greetings. Find it upon your arrival at the hotel!
Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the CityCenter of Las Vegas Strip
Another hotel located at the CityCenter is the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. It grows as a slightly tilted 47-story tower that shows unique elegance and refinement with oriental details in contemporary motifs. An interesting fact about this hotel is that it does not have a casino, which makes it different from most hotels in Las Vegas. But they replaced it with magnificent views of Las Vegas Strip that can be seen from each guest room.
On the 23rd floor you can continue with your tour of the world’s largest corporate art collection. Enjoy the artwork by Jack Goldstein entitled “Volcano”. You will see the eruption of a volcano that contrasts with the view of the distant mountains of Las Vegas.
Vdara Hotel & Spa in the CityCenter of Las Vegas Strip
The Vdara Hotel & Spa at the CityCenter plays with multiple panoramic views thanks to its wide windows. Meanwhile, it makes great use of curves and horizontal lines both in its modern interiors and at the main entrance.
Around this hotel there are several pieces of the world’s largest corporate art collection. One of them is located in front of the hotel, and it’s the “Big Edge” by Nancy Rubins. It consists of numerous rowboats, canoes and other small boats that suggest the formation of a flower.
At the lobby you’ll find “Day for Night, Night for Day” created by artist Peter Wegner. It covers two walls, one with a solar theme and the other with a lunar theme. The first one is located on the east wall while the latter is on the west wall of the lobby. They correspond, of course, with the sunrise and sunset.
The Shops at Crystals in the CityCenter of Las Vegas Strip
Finally, The Shops at Crystals is the commercial and entertainment heart of the CityCenter Las Vegas. It will surprise you with the tubular whirling water decorations and the ice compositions illuminated with neon lights. Also, don’t miss the colorful flower carpet in the lobby and the ovoid structure that grows as a tree house to accommodate a fancy restaurant.
In short, the CityCenter is a fine example of innovation and talent in art, design and contemporary architecture. So, we suggest that in addition to having fun at the casinos, you should take advantage of your trip to Las Vegas and see the world’s largest corporate art collection exhibited in the public space of Las Vegas Strip.