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Entering the enormous CityCenter — which takes up 76 acres on the Las Vegas Strip — is like walking into an art museum. Fine art is found everywhere, from the complex’s hotels to its shopping district — and you won’t have to pay admission. If this concept sounds new, that’s because it is. It marks the first major public and permanent art collection in Las Vegas. You’ll find large-scale installations, sculptures and much more by 15 world-class artists, such as Jenny Holzer, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Frank Stella, Henry Moore and Richard Long. Check out the 120-foot reclaimed silver sculpture that hangs behind the reception desk at ARIA Resort & Casino. The piece, by Maya Linn, mimics the Colorado River, but it also nods to Nevada’s history as the Silver State. Be sure to head outdoors to see some more art, most notably one of Nancy Rubins’s well-known boat installations: A 40-foot-tall cluster of rowboats, kayaks and canoes floats outside of Vdara Hotel & Spa. The shipwrecked watercraft look appropriate in the middle of the desert. Wander throughout CityCenter for your own art tour.
The CityCenter Fine Art Collection features work by acclaimed painters, sculptors and visionaries including Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer, Nancy Rubins, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen, Frank Stella, Henry Moore, and Richard Long, among others. The collection encompasses a multitude of styles and media — ranging from sculptures and paintings to large-scale installations. The art is fully integrated into the architecture and design of CityCenter’s public areas and is strategically placed to fascinate and educate guests.