Over the years I have always been impressed by the many fine examples of architecture, art and sculpture scattered throughout the city of Las Vegas, however, it was not until I visited the CityCenter, a $9.2 billion dollar, 16,797,000-square-foot mixed-use, urban complex on 76 acres located on the Las Vegas Strip that I got the idea to create a page that would showcase these Las Vegas treasures. Completed in 2009, the CityCenter complex houses Aria, a 4,004 Resort & Casino; Crystals, a 500,000 sq ft retail and entertainment district; Mandarin Oriental, 392 room hotel; Vdara, a 1,495 room hotel-condo tower; Veer Towers, a 37-story condominium towers; and Cosmopolitan. While its architecture can be considered a work of art on its own, there are dozens of art pieces located inside and around its stunning exterior. Unlike any place else in Vegas, or the world for that matter, CityCenter contains a $40 million modern art collection, which instantly put CityCenter on the map as one of the world’s largest public installations of corporate-owned art. There are fifteen giant works of art and about 10 smaller, lesser works scattered throughout CityCenter’s 67 acres, making the viewing experience, without the benefit of signs, something like wandering through a private, eclectic estate.

A roster of internationally renowned fine artists from the 20th and 21st century were selected to exhibit their works. Some are existing pieces, carefully chosen for their artistic value and cultural significance; others are site-specific installations for which the artist was invited to command their artistic vision over the space. These paintings, sculptures and large-scale installations, collectively called the CityCenter Fine Art Collection, are the first major permanent art collection in Las Vegas to be included in a public space. It includes works by more than a dozen acclaimed artists and sculptors including Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer, Nancy Rubins, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Frank Stella, Henry Moore and Richard Long, among others.

Coupled with dozens of other fine works of art spread about the city, these works of art have transformed CityCenter into a living, breathing museum and made Las Vegas a true cultural destination. But that is only half the story. The city's art works are immersed in some of the most iconic architecture found anywhere in the world. Though many of its themed structures accurately represent architectural landmarks found around the world, many more stand out as unique only to Las Vegas. Because it would be impossible to include all the pictures of buildings and art installations I have collected in a single post, I have attempted to highlight what I feel are some of the best examples of architecture and art installations that can be found city-wide. The index of links found below is a work in progress; as I continue the process of working on my pictures, I will add new pages to this post. What follows is a collection of my favorites that take you on a journey between art and architecture from one end of the city to the other.  

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CityCenter Artwork Exhibit Map

(Fig. 01) CityCenter Artwork Locations

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CityCenter's Artwork

This section is divided into three segments: Architecture, Sculptures, and Art/Installations. The picture and title for each of the listings below are a hyperlink, that when clicked will take you to a full page with pictures, a short bio of the artist and brief descriptions of the featured subject matter. For the installations at CityCenter, the number/letter that proceeds the titles correspond to the number on the Site Map above (Fig. 01) showing the installations' location. 


Helmut Jahn, Veer Towers, 2010 - CityCenter


(11) Isa Genzken, The Rose II 1997 - Strip Entrance to Crystals

(18) Tony Cragg, Bolt, 2007, Bent of Mind, 2009, Untitled 2009

(13) Masatoshi Izumi, CACTUS Life – Living with the Earth, 2007-2008, Entrance to Mandarin Oriental

(14) Jun Kaneko, Untitled Dango Series, Mandarin Oriental Lobby

(16) Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, Typewriter Eraser, 2009


(9) Doze Green, Crossroads of Humanity, 2009; Bellagio® and Monte Carlo™ ARIA Express Tram Stations

(1) Maya Lin, Silver River, 2009 - Aria Hotel Registration Area

(4) Antony Gormley, Feeling Material XXVIII,, 2007 - Aria 

(6) Nancy Rubins, Big Edge, 2009 - Harmon Circle at CityCenter

(8) Peter Wegner, Day for Day-Night for Day, 2009 - Vdara Hotel, Concierge Lobby

(17) Richard Long, Circle of Chance & Earth, 2009 - Veer Towers Lobby

(B)  WET Design, FOCUS, 2009 - Waterfall outside Aria

(C) WET Design, Latisse, Inside Aria

(E) WET Design, Halo, 2009 - Shops inside Crystals

(D) WET Design, Glacia, 2009 - Shops inside Crystals

Eric Jiaju Lee, The Moment of Yuanfen, 2009, Mandarin Tea Lounge

(15) Jack Goldstein, Untltled (Volcano), 1983 - Mandarin Oriental Tea Lounge

(12) Tatsuo Miyajima, HOTO, 2008 - Shops inside Crystals

(7) Frank Stella, Damascus Gate Variation I, 1969 - Vadara Registration

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