Saturday, May 30, 2015

Day 12: The Lights of Vegas

After we rested and slept like knights in our castle, we began the warm, sunny Saturday by the pool. 


It was a beautiful day for relaxing, but we had a lot of sightseeing to do, too. Walking down the strip took us past the Statue of Liberty and the City of Lights.
 
But our destination was the City Center mall, and its Louis Vuitton flagship store.


There we got to tour the LV art collection. Did you know that all the major Louis V. stores have collections of contemporary art? This one has a special gem, James Turrell's Akhob (2013), which is one of his "ganzfeld" environments that is disorienting and hallucinatory. On a hot Vegas day, this was pretty intense. Here we are, innocent of the transformation we were about to undergo...


You can't take photos inside of Akhob, and we wouldn't want to ruin the experience for you, anyway. But there was another Turrell installation inside of the mall, free and open to the public that was pretty spectacular and photogenic, too.

 









And outside we saw a rogue Claes Oldenburg/Coosje van Bruggen!


Later that night we were off to the Neon Museum, aka the Neon Boneyard, right at sunset. Our guide told us fantastic tales of the luminaries (the signs and the people) that make Vegas an iconic and unique American city. 




And after we got back to our new stomping grounds, we took another epic stroll down the strip at night. The Bellagio fountain and Chihuly were must sees. 


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