Shards of Color

When you step off the ARIA Express monorail at Crystals in Las Vegas, you will be surprisingly greeted with an artistic light show. The visually pleasing colour display was created by artist James Turrell.

Its very hard NOT to notice because it’s timed with the arrival and departures of ARIA Express monorail system. “Shards of Color” is actually 1 of 22 art pieces throughout the MGM Resorts CityCenter Properties.

At the time I didn’t realize it, but the cutout in the walls are also part of James Turrell artist approach. I’m kind of embarrassed because I didn’t realize the overall concept; my two years of Applied Arts school failed miserably.

But I did feel the warmth of colours during the interaction of James Turrell display. Didn’t know why, but I felt a soothing calmness immediately stepping off the ARIA Express at Crystals.

My wife was trying to hustling me off to her shopping spree at Crystals when I stopped, saying,” Wait! Look at this, there’s something different here.” Quickly snapped a few pictures.

I knew there was something truly different, but wasn’t aware of an art display. Unfortunately, my wife is not one to appreciate any art piece out of the ordinary. She’s in her glory, just about to embark into her shopping mode, and a little ticked off, she says,” It’s just lights! Come on.”

Artists of the world would cringe at my wife’s words, but I’m not any better for missing the reasoning behind the overall artistic experience. I knew MGM Resorts International had various displayed art pieces throughout its $9.2 billion architecturally designed mega resort, but didn’t take the time to pick-up a brochure.

Maybe it’s because of my earlier experience as an architectural draftsman, my mind was set on the awe-inspiring architectural wonder of ARIA by the prominent Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects firm.

The ARIA, the Veer Towers, the Mandarin Oriental, Crystals and Vdara are all magnificent pieces of brilliance combined together by a selection of creative architects from various firms.

But seeing is believing, experiencing the visual interaction is apparent with or without you knowing the reason behind it. It’s possible this is James Turrell artistic approach.

In Las Vegas there is so much to see and do, your mind is racing by the constant bombardment of delightful surprises. Your brain is a evolutionary refined computer processor, which is quick to “file” your experience until you have time to absorb it.

And that’s exactly what happened.

While in the comfort of my home, I began to trace back the photos taken. It was then I realized the overall importance of James Turrell artistic display called the “Shards of Color”.

Just like James Turrell’s quote,” My art is about your seeing.”

My eyes and mind are now open of the overall experiences at the CityCenter in Las Vegas and next time, I will take more time to explore the 22 pieces of art while staying at ARIA Resort & Casino.

By Bari Demers

Check out the brochure

The photo is one of many I captured while at Crystals, Las Vegas – check out my Facebook page Vegas Reviews – it’s all about – just for fun.