LAS VEGAS, March 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM) is
unveiling initial plans for CityCenter's $40 million Fine Art Program.
Opening in late 2009, CityCenter will feature works 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.
Validating CityCenter's status as a cultural destination of worldwide
significance, the CityCenter Fine Art Program will feature numerous
sculptures and fine art installations in both interior and exterior
locations to create a dynamic and enriching fine art collection. The
program is designed to become a benchmark for enlightened corporate
involvement with the arts on a global level and will be one of the world's
largest and most ambitious corporate art programs. Additional pieces will
be announced at a later date.
"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."
The CityCenter Fine Art Program will encompass a multitude of styles
and media -- ranging from sculptures and paintings to large-scale
installations -- engaging visitors on both a visual and intellectual level.
Some will be existing pieces, carefully chosen for their artistic value and
cultural significance; others will be site-specific installations for which
the artist has been invited to command their vision over the space. The
contemporary masterpieces will transform CityCenter into a living,
breathing museum of iconic works of art. The collection will be enjoyed
throughout CityCenter's public spaces from the gaming resort, hotel and
residential towers to its spectacular retail and entertainment district.
Each piece has been selected specifically for the space in which it
resides, evoking the personality of its surroundings. The artwork has been
paired with CityCenter's unique architecture to create a sensory journey
that present the works in a never-before-seen fashion.
"This venture marks the only corporate collection ever to join such a
multitude of media, styles and artists and make it accessible in such a
highly visible and public manner," said Michele C. Quinn, curatorial
advisor for the CityCenter Fine Art Program. "Delivering this caliber of
artwork demonstrates the ambition of MGM MIRAGE to create a cultural
centerpiece for Las Vegas."
CityCenter will feature prominent works from some of the world's most
-- Maya Lin -- For CityCenter's gaming resort, New York-based Maya Lin is
creating her first work of art in Las Vegas: an approximately 120-foot
silver cast of the Colorado River that will be suspended high above the
reception area. Lin is using reclaimed silver to develop her creation
in the spirit of CityCenter's commitment to sustainability and in light
of Nevada's standing as the "Silver State." As both artist and
architect, Lin's work reflects a strong interest in the environment, a
commitment she also has served as an advisor on sustainable energy use,
and as a board member of the National Resources Defense Council.
Considered to be one of the most important public artists of the
century, Lin, whose highly acclaimed body of work includes the Vietnam
Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., also has become a celebrated
architect. Her life and work were detailed in the Academy Award-winning
documentary, Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision.
-- Jenny Holzer -- Artist Jenny Holzer made her mark in 1976 with her
first public work, Truisms, which made profound statements in the form
of anonymous broadsheets pasted on buildings, walls and fences in and
around Manhattan. Her text later took the forms of posters, monumental
and electronic signs, billboards, television and her signature
medium: LED signs. At CityCenter, Holzer's work will make a stirring
impact. As guests approach the porte cochere at The Harmon Hotel, Spa &
Residences, they will be welcomed by one of the artist's insightful LED
signs spanning 387 feet wide. Most recently, Holzer's work has been
seen in Washington D.C. with her collection, "For the Capitol," which
incorporates nighttime projections of quotes by presidents John F.
Kennedy and Theodore Roosevelt about the role of art and culture in
-- Nancy Rubins -- A sculptor and artisan famous for her grandiose works
created from salvaged and industrial consumer goods, Nancy Rubins will
create one of the most visually stunning commissions at CityCenter with
a larger scale version of her famous installation: Big Pleasure Point.
Measuring 40 feet tall, 50 feet wide and 70 feet long, Rubins' work of
art at CityCenter will be a colorful composition of numerous rowboats,
kayaks, canoes, small sailboats, surfboards, wind-surf boards, jet
skis, paddle boats, catamarans and other small river and ocean vessels
that are finessed into a gravity-defying form that is both delicately
balanced and precisely engineered. Rubins maintains the look, shape,
and feel of her chosen objects, so each craft showcased in the piece
will be exactly as originally found. The commission will be located on
the exterior of Vdara Condo Hotel and will be one of Rubins' few works
with a permanent home. Rubins has designed amazing works of art from
mattresses, trailers, hot water heaters, airplanes and small appliances
since the 1970s. For more than 25 years, Rubins has exhibited
extensively around the world in major solo and group exhibitions.
-- Richard Long -- Veer Towers will feature two large-scale commissioned
works by Richard Long. Entitled Circle of Life and Earth, Long's two
mud wall drawings will measure 80 feet high x 50 feet wide each and be
displayed on Veer's west and east tower walls, respectively. An English
sculptor, photographer and painter, Long is one of the best-known
British land and conceptual artists. His art showcases his appreciation
for nature and the majority of his works are inspired by natural
landscapes he has encountered while hiking. During his walks, Long
often creates sculptures using natural materials in the environment
such as leaves, twigs and stones, and then photographs the end result
to forever capture his work. Long is the only artist to be short-listed
for the Turner Prize four times. He was nominated in 1984, 1987 and
1988, and won the award in 1989 for White Water Line.
-- Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen -- Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
will feature Typewriter Eraser, Scale X, 1998-1999, an iconic piece by
Oldenburg and van Bruggen. Designed with the pair's classic approach to
creating large-scale outdoor sculptures of popular commercial objects,
the five-ton, 19-foot stainless steel and fiberglass sculpture depicts
a giant blue and red typewriter eraser with the bristles of the brush
turned upward in a graceful, dynamic gesture. Scale X is the largest of
three sculptures created of the form, beginning in the 1970s. Oldenburg
and van Bruggen have collaborated on more than 40 monumental projects
throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. Their most recent work
is the 144-foot-long, 64-foot-high Cupid's Span for Rincon Park on the
Embarcadero in San Francisco.
-- Frank Stella -- For the reception desk at CityCenter's Vdara Condo
Hotel, MGM MIRAGE has purchased one of artist Frank Stella's most
prominent works. Damascus Gate I, originally created in 1969, features
a design of interlaced semicircles made of fluorescent and alkyd resin
on a 96 x 384 inch canvas affixed to a horizontal base. Recognized for
more than 45 years for his contributions to the forms of Abstract
Expressionism, sculpture and the concept of the shaped canvas, Stella's
work has been the subject of several retrospectives in the United
States, Europe and Japan. In 1970, The Museum of Modern Art in New
York presented a retrospective of Stella's work. An authority and
critic in his own right, Stella presided over the Charles Eliot Norton
lectures at Harvard University from 1983-1984, which were published by
Harvard University Press in 1986.
-- Henry Moore -- Within CityCenter's gaming resort, guests will find
Reclining Connected Forms, 1969-1974, a sculpture by Henry Moore
inspired by the fundamentals of the human experience -- the primary
theme of his life's work. Measuring 10.17 x 17 x 7.70 feet, the
abstract work of art displays a baby wrapped in its mother's embrace.
The graceful outer shell of the sculpture depicts the changing shape of
a pregnant figure as it protects the new life growing within. Moore's
work was traditionally inspired by the human body, organic shapes found
in nature and the sculpture of ancient and exotic cultures such as
Egypt, Sumeria, Africa and pre-Columbian Mexico. Surrealism, the modern
European art and literary movement with a tendency toward abstract
forms, also was a major influence.
CityCenter, a joint venture of MGM MIRAGE and Dubai World, will be a
dazzling vertical city that opens in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip
between Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts in late 2009. The more than $8
billion development combines approximately 2,650 private residences; two
400-room non-gaming boutique hotels; a dramatic 61-story, 4,000-room resort
casino; and a 500,000-square-foot retail and entertainment district into a
single urban core. CityCenter is a design collaboration between MGM MIRAGE
and eight of the world's foremost architects including Foster + Partners,
Gensler, Helmut Jahn, Kohn Pederson Fox Associates, Pelli Clarke Pelli,
Rockwell Group, RV Architecture LLC led by Rafael Vinoly and Studio Daniel
* Consultant to AAI Architects, Inc.
About MGM MIRAGE
MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM), one of the world's leading and most respected
development companies with significant holdings in gaming, hospitality and
entertainment, owns and operates 17 properties located in Nevada,
Mississippi and Michigan, and has 50% investments in four other properties
in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois and Macau. MGM MIRAGE is developing major
casino and non-casino resorts, separately and with partners in Las Vegas,
Atlantic City, the People's Republic of China and Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. MGM
MIRAGE supports responsible gaming and has implemented the American Gaming
Association's Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming at its properties. MGM
MIRAGE has received numerous awards and recognitions for its
industry-leading Diversity Initiative and its community philanthropy
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