Las Vegas Art Scene

It is usually garish, outlandish and not the sort of thing you would see in either classic or contemporary galleries, but Las Vegas has more than its fair share of art, and a lot of it is free to see.

One of the most accessible public art galleries is the truly massive CityCenter gallery which sprawls over an incredible 67-acre campus. This open air gallery features a set of 15 artworks by artists such as Nancy Rubin, Henry Moore, Claes Oldenberg and Coosje Van Bruggen. There are other pieces that are in the buildings that are incorporated or in the surrounding area, such as Maya Lin’s incredible 84-foot installation called Silver River. As you can imagine, it’s pretty heavy, weighing in at a staggering 3,700 pounds.

If you go now, you will also be able to see the Shards of Color installation by James Turrell who uses light and colors for his incredibly beautiful pieces. This one in particular uses backing neon lights to push color through recessed geometric shapes to create amazing patters that are projected onto the street.

The shops also got involved with Turrell’s art… Louis Vuitton have a truly massive piece in the lobby, titled Akhob. Many believe that it is a representation of a womb infused with lights that change in color and intensity.You can reserve an appointment with Louis Vuitton to see it.

For something a bit different, you can see a seven foot tall sculpture of Popeye made by Jeff Koons at the Wynn Shopping Esplanade and you can also just look all around you and enjoy the amazing street art and murals on Wallworks painted by artists Kenny Scharf And Shepard Fairey. The Cosmopolitan Hotel also features a number of street art works as well as a video installation. It might not be the usual stuff, but there is art everywhere in this city.

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