As the title suggests, it’s a strange pairing. Being in Las Vegas during Chinese New Years brings together the nexus of real and unreal in a way that no other time and place can really accomplish. Check out this first picture. It may remind you that nowhere else on earth is anyone spending this amount of money to build modern cultural artifacts that approximate old cultural artifacts – but are built on about a half-scale with cheaper materials and are subject to removal and destruction at any time.
This piece looks like a Jeff Koons, but is meant to reference the Year of the Rabbit, I assume.
But if you are in Vegas, whimsy is not far away. Scan down from the big bunny and you see this little guy.
Of course, this wouldn’t be complete without a pagoda and full-scale junket, right?
Yup, that was the main hall at the Bellagio a couple weeks back. A very “Vegas” time to be in Vegas.