The afternoon that I escaped from the pool club party, I had a chance to see that Vegas is not completely about illusion and generic over-consumption. In its extravagance, Vegas provides room and opportunity for colorful bursts of expression and creativity.
» At the Bellagio
While walking down The Strip, I came across Bellagio’s “lake” and hung around to see if I could catch the water show. It was pretty damn hot so after waiting for awhile, I decided it was best to go inside for a heat and bathroom break. On the ceiling, I noticed these lovely miniature hot air balloons. They were obviously inspired by hot air balloon festivals, one of which is held annually in Las Vegas.
My timing was perfect. As soon as I walked out of the building, a water show began. I tried to ignore the fact that it was choreographed to the most cheesy song possible, and hoped that the water used for it was recycled because the show was stunning. Way more than I imagined it would be. I know the word “breathtaking” is supposed to be a travel writing no-no, but in this case, I think it is appropriate.
» The Art of Richard MacDonald
Back at the CityCenter where our hotel was located, I came across a couple of art galleries. The first one I stopped at was full of sculptures by Richard MacDonald that were all based on Cirque du Soleil performers. I have to admit that I have never been interested in seeing Cirque du Soleil, but after taking a look at MacDonald’s emphatic and ornate sculptures, I feel inspired to go. As an added bonus, MacDonald was there that day, chatting it up with gallery visitors.
» Chihuly Glass Sculptures
When I visited Italy nine years ago, it was the first time I saw how much could be done with glass. I have been a glass art fan ever since. I was sad when I missed a Chihuly exhibition at San Francisco’s De Young museum a while back, so I was delighted when the second gallery I came across was full of his vivid glass sculptures.