Vegas Gambles on $40-Million in Fine Art

CityCenter, Las VegasA rendering of an overview of the entire CityCenter development. [Credit: MGM Mirage]

LAS VEGAS — A huge fireworks display Wednesday night signaled the official grand opening of CityCenter, a massive urban metropolis spanning 68-acres between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. At 18-million square feet, the "city-within-a-city" is the largest private sustainable development in the world and at an estimated $11-billion was the largest privately funded construction project in the history of the United States.

CityCenter, Las Vegas, Nancy Rubins
"Big Edge" by Nancy Rubins. [Credit: CityCenter Land, LLC]
In addition to featuring casinos, hotels and residential towers, fine dining and shopping, CityCenter boasts a $40-million fine art program. Works by by acclaimed artists including Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer, Nancy Rubins, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Frank Stella, Henry Moore and Richard Long, among others, are featured. Visitors will be particularly impressed by fifteen major works of art, most of which are sculptures, interspersed throughout CityCenter.

"CityCenter will be an international architectural achievement that integrates the talents of world-renowned artists, architects and designers in one development; it will be a landmark of global taste and style," said Terry Lanni, Chairman and CEO of MGM Mirage. "The CityCenter Fine Art Program will be the first initiative of its kind to merge public and corporate interests on this grand scale, and we're proud to deliver this prominent force in contemporary art and culture to Las Vegas."

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