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CityCenter by MGM Mirage spiffs up with art

CityCenter has for some time made nice-sized headlines with the scope of the mammoth project and its upward-revised $8 billion price tag. This cost figure will buy the gaming giant one of the most unique resort experiences in the world of leisure and entertainment. The small city within Las Vegas will feature a large casino, standard condominiums, condo hotels, a wide variety of retail and dining space, thousands of hotel rooms of course and a convention facility. With that package it deserves to be called a city-within-a-city.

CityCenter wants to do more, however. Any major city worldwide can display a fair dose of art, any kind of art, to give it a wider base to stand on. To bless it with sophistication, to endow it with legitimacy.

Following that script MGM Mirage will spend $40 million to acquire contemporary art for the development on the Strip and obviously desires to bring Las Vegas to some degree out from the shadows and onto the world stage as a noteworthy urban center. The artists who are commissioned to provide the works are among the elite in the business and surely give the effort a strong start.

One of them is Maya Lin, creator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., who will shape a huge silver cast of the Colorado River to be hung over the resort's lobby area. Richard Long's two large mud wall drawings, for details on that kindly Google the topic, will enhance public space at the Veer Towers, a condominium component. And Frank Stella will supply his "Damascus Gate Variation I" for the Vdara Condo Hotel as its reception area's backdrop.

This is just a small sample of what to look for when the place opens late in 2009.


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Esko Kiuru
Mortgage, real estate and apartment industry analyst - syndicated mortgage, housing and property management blog
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Comment balloon 6 commentsEsko Kiuru • March 11 2008 12:26AM


Esko, despite what I hear about the market out there, there sure is a lot of building and money being invested.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 11 years ago
Esko, That's going to be wonderful for bringing even more people to the area.....Art lovers, there are many of us, this was interesting to read about.
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 11 years ago


The resort companies are banking on a strong recovery, for the mortgage industry and the real estate sector.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 11 years ago


The marketing approach is trying to reach to a wider audience with some stellar artists.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 11 years ago
Perhaps they are following the visionary Steve Wynn.  CityCenter will be such a great place to enjoy for tourists and locals alike.
Posted by June Stark, Las Vegas Condos & Luxury Homes Expert (Elite Realty-Luxury Homes & Condos On & Off the Strip) over 11 years ago


There is some Wynnesque in that, a la Bellagio art gallery.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 11 years ago