WET Design - Latisse
ARIA Resort & Casino, North Lobby
The Artists: These fountains were created by WET, the design firm responsible for the fountains at Bellagio and The Volcano at Mirage. WET, also known as WET Design, is a water feature design firm based in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1983 by former Disney Imagineers Mark Fuller, Melanie Simon, and Alan Robinson, the company has designed over two hundred fountains and water features using water, fire, ice, fog, and lights. and holds more than 60 patents pertaining to lighting, water control, and specialty fountain devices that use air compression technology.
The Installation: Located in the ARIA Resort & Casino, North Lobby, Latisse soars as a series of two-story-high water walls composed purely of thick, textured glass. Brilliant white lighting illuminates the sloap (Fig. 01). This two-story textured glass water wall was designed by artist Joel Berman. As the water flows down the backside of the towering glass, it hints at how it would feel to walk under a rippling waterfall. Ushering in new technology, WET designed this feature to be programmable in water flow patterns, while still maintaining an unpredictable quality to its movement (Fig. 02). Latisse creates a dramatic backdrop as you make your from the casino floor up the escalators (Fig. 03). The walls programs allow the designers to change the images created by the water as it cascades down the four walls of the feature.
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