Home to an eclectic collection of artwork, Resorts World Las Vegas takes a refreshing approach to casino art with its self-guided art tour and exceptional attention to detail. Prepare to be thrilled, art lovers, because this collection is unlike any other. Grab your phone, put on a good pair of walking shoes, and stroll through this combination of modern and historic works, made interactive with QR codes that patrons can scan for additional information.
There really is no wrong place to start; you will find intentionally conceptualized, designed and curated works everywhere you go. “Because many of our spaces are open to the public, we often have to consider many different cultures when choosing the subject,” says Darla Real, Director of Interior Design. “Art should be evocative and create conversation, but we are careful not to create controversy.”
Perhaps you would like to start by walking through the three halls of Resorts World:
• In the Conrad lobby, you can find David Spriggs’ Holo, an impressive installation made up of 20 individually painted acrylic planes that line up to create a swirling spherical entity. Be sure to move all the way around this piece, as its dimensionality changes depending on your vantage point.
• Continue to Crockfords Lobby, where you’ll find Hiro Ando’s Samurai Cat, a contemporary take on the traditional maneki-neko, or lucky cat. Ando, a Japanese neo-pop artist, creates works that combine tradition and contemporary elements and became famous for his sculpture in the shape of a cat. Lucky symbols have always had their place in Las Vegas. After all, this city is built on luck, so it’s exciting to see a different take on the lore this city is built on. Is the lucky cat a new concept? Of course not, but the idea of taking a traditional good luck token, reinventing its design and making it stand out in a city awash with horseshoes and triple sevens adds an element of identity to the property.
• Hilton lobby features Gillie and Marc’s colossal Hippo Wild Ride. The bronze sculpture commemorates endangered species and promotes wildlife conservation. Also in this hall you will find Clouds and Jars by Michelangelo Bastiani, a digital installation featuring holograms of graceful ballerinas and trapeze artists, contained in glass jars.
As you tour the property, a common theme becomes incredibly apparent: Resorts World is teeming with animals! And it is not a hazard. “As humans, we relate to animals from a very young age, receiving teddy bears or pets as kids, or watching cartoon animals on Saturday mornings,” Real says. “The introduction of animals, in many different forms, is intended to create surprise, provide pleasure and leave our guests with a sense of amusement.”
On your way to the casino, you’ll pass the High Limit Lounge, home to its own beast: Louis-Vuitton Doberman by Herb Williams. Crafted entirely from pencils, the shape brings whimsy to the space while enhancing its luxurious feel. Another creature waits on the casino floor. Cloned Bulldog with Pet Bottle by Belgian artist William Sweetlove is waiting for you, to be exact. Outfitted in rain boots and carrying a water bottle on his back, this sculpture depicts a future where there is a lack of potable fresh water and an excess of seawater. Dadaist’s combination of irony, surrealism and pop art of Sweetlove carries a clear message about climate change in much of her work.
The chrome-finished clone on display at Resorts World is a reminder of how fragile our ecosystems are, especially in a city that uses immense amounts of water despite dwindling water supplies. Its presence compels guests to confront the environmental impacts of the waste the human race so readily commits, and eventually encourages the conservation efforts of all who have the pleasure of enjoying this beautiful desert oasis.
While you’re at the casino, be sure to catch a glimpse of Jae Yong Kim Donuts. These delicious, brightly colored ceramic donuts add a whole lot of joy. I mean, seriously, how could you look at them without smiling?
In fact, according to Kim’s Blank Space Art webpage, the Korean artist started out using donuts as a symbol of greed and gluttony, but found great joy in making the ceramic candies. Over time donut iconography has evolved from greed and gluttony to have many meanings for the artist, ranging from sweet relief on a hard day to representing the cheap sugary foods that many people living in poverty find the most accessible. This pastry-themed pottery adds depth to the Resorts World collection.
Speaking of food, you’ve done quite a bit of walking and probably need to refuel. Luckily, there’s another piece of art you must see at Famous Foods Street Eats. In fact, there are two.
While enjoying a bite to eat at this place, you will find Red Hong Yi’s tea bag, a three-dimensional portrait created with 20,000 individually dyed tea bags. Contrasting with many modern themes found in the art around the property, this installation highlights the cultural roots of the Chinese-Malaysian artist while maintaining the ingenuity that is apparent in Resorts World’s collection. Yi’s 10-foot-tall Lucky Cat sculpture (a continuation of the feline theme) is also featured in Famous Foods. The towering sculpture constructed entirely from golden coins radiates positivity and prosperity throughout the food court.
From Famous Foods, take a short walk to RedTail, where you will be greeted by the RedTail sculpture. Custom made by Kevin Barry Fine Art, the brightly colored kitty exudes humor and exuberance. This anime creature even playfully holds a finger to its lips as if it just told you a secret. Maybe this reminds you: what happens in Vegas… you know the rest.
End your trip with a hike to Kusa Nori, where Ichwan Noor’s Red Beetle awaits. The twisting car brings the same liveliness as most of the Resorts World sculptures, but it also uses the car as a symbol of what Noor calls “transportation culture.” By taking this symbol and physically reshaping it, Noor is seemingly challenging people to rethink transportation; how we approach it, how it affects the world around us, and the ways we can do better.
Admittedly, this is not an exhaustive list of all Resorts World art. There are paintings by Andy Warhol to view in the Baccarat Salon and the Private Dining Room of the Genting Palace. There is a property-wide digital art experience called GLOW. There’s even a time-limited elephant parade on the entire property to raise funds and awareness for elephant welfare and conservation.
The art at Resorts World is more than enough to satisfy even the most voracious cravings for high-quality art, and it’s well worth the stroll. After all, why not take your steps on vacation while looking at some sensational works of art?
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