City Center, Las Vegas Boasts $40 M Art Collection

City Center, Las Vegas Boasts $40 M Art Collection
Considered the largest corporate art program in the world, ARIA at
City Center in Las Vegas is slated to open in 2010.

City Center will be a unique cultural destination in Las Vegas.
Built by MGM Mirage, City Center will have ARIA Resort Tower (with fifty-one floors) and the Mandarin Oriental hotel (with forty-seven floors). This is a huge endeavor by anyone’s standards.

MGM Mirage has hired seven world famous architects for this project as well as ninety interior designers.

For example, the Veer Towers are the work of architect Helmut Jahn. There are two thirty-seven story glass towers that will shimmer both day and night. (What would Las Vegas be without the glitz?).
There will be 337 modern condos in each tower.

It is nice to know that some of these buildings are Green, that is, LEED certified. For those of us who are only slightly aware of Green compliance, this would mean that: it provides sustainable site development, energy efficiency, water savings, approved materials selection, and good indoor environmental quality. Sounds like a win-win situation for all concerned.

The $40 million Fine Art Collection of 20th and 21st century artists which includes sculpture, paintings, and installations will appear in the gaming resort as well as the hotel and residential towers. The notable artists are a virtual Who’s Who list which includes: Maya Lin, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen, Frank Stella, and Henry Moore.

Since Nevada is known as the "Silver State," Maya Lin, the woman best known as the designer of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Washington, DC has used reclaimed silver to build a 120 foot silver cast of the Colorado River. This will be suspended above the reception area in City Center’s gaming resort.

MGM Mirage has purchased a work by Frank Stella that was originally created in 1969. Titled, "Damascus Gate I," this canvas of 96 X 384 inches will be installed at the reception desk area of City Center’s Vdara Condo Hotel. Frank Stella is best known for his work as an Abstract Expressionist artist.

A sculpture by Henry Moore, "Reclining Connected Forms" 1969-1974) is an abstract work of art. It portrays a woman embracing her baby. Moore’s work has been inspired by organic shapes found in nature as well as the human body. This Henry Moore sculpture will be installed at City Center’s gaming resort.

As City Center was slated to open in 2010, it sounds like another great Las Vegas art destination.

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