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Travel Photo Thursday – Las Vegas, Nevada

April 21, 2011 • By

This week’s photo is from Las Vegas, Nevada….the gambling capital of the world.   We visited four winters ago in the hopes that it wouldn’t be quite as busy as it usually is.  Of course, with picture perfect weather, there was no way the populace would be denied their opportunity to be robbed by one armed bandits.

While we stayed off the strip, we made sure to visit the various hotel and casinos and try our hand at being first time gamblers.  We actually ended up winning more than we lost, so in that sense, we won!  At some point, we ended up at the beautiful Bellagio Hotel which certainly lived up to its reputation.  Imagine my surprise when we got to the lobby and saw this vision of art glass goodness.

Right above our heads, was an array of cylindrically shaped colorful art (stained) glass pieces ensconced in a pendulum cutout, suspended from the ceiling.  Having dabbled in the stained glass arts, I was mesmerized by the vibrant colors competing for my attention.  It made such a statement that nothing else was required to decorate that expansive lobby.

This art sculpture, named Fiori di Como, was created by the world-renown glass artist, Dale Chiluly.  Composed of 2,000 ‘floating’ glass blossoms, it represents Chiluly’s dedication to the fluid movements of a beautiful garden and weighs in at a healthy 40,000 pounds.

This photo is part of the Travel Photo Thursday series which is the brainchild of Nancie M with Budget Travelers Sandbox.