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Top Bizarre Statues Or Public Art In Las Vegas

October 1, 2012 6:00 AM

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(credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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siegfriedandroystatue Top Bizarre Statues Or Public Art In Las Vegas

(credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Las Vegas is filled with displays designed to attract the wandering eyes of tourists. This elevated standard for outdoor entertainment can sometimes make for strange works of art in the streets of the city. Eclectic sights in visually brazen Las Vegas range from historic pieces of signage to standout community works of art. Visitors and locals who bask in the presence of unusual statues and offbeat art displays will love these unforgettable sightings in Las Vegas.

The Blue Angel
Blue Angel Motel
2110 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Travelers to the eastern part of Las Vegas cannot help but notice the gentle, loving and idly rotating figure of an angel overlooking the area. This striking angel dressed in blue was a beacon to tenants of the Blue Angel Motel and became such an icon to Las Vegas locals that it inspired the title piece in the book “My Week at the Blue Angel,” a collection of stories about lesser-known Las Vegas written by author and journalist Matthew O’Brien. The sign’s designer, Betty Willis, also designed the original “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. The motel associated with this well-loved sign declined over time and eventually closed, but The Blue Angel sign is still a standout landmark in this part of the city. It currently stands in its original place, though the motel was slated to be demolished, and it may be restored and re-mounted at Fremont Street or moved to the local Neon Museum.

“Typewriter Eraser, Scale X”
Crystals at Citycenter
3720 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89158
(702) 590-9299
www.crystalsatcitycenter.com

The massive steel and fiberglass sculpture, made by artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, is the image of a typewriter eraser blown up to almost 20 feet tall. This sculpture, titled “Typewriter Eraser, Scale X,” is located at the Crystals shopping center near Mandarin Oriental in Citycenter. For those who are unfamiliar with the office tool, a typewriter eraser is a handheld object consisting of a flat circular eraser attached to a large-bristled brush used to clear the eraser shavings from the page after erasing a typewriter error. The actual object is typically smaller than the palm of your hand.

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The Brass Baseball Player
Las Vegas Club
18 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 385-1664
www.vegasclubcasino.net

If you have ever wondered what your childhood tee-ball trophy would look like if it were as tall as your house, head down the the Las Vegas Club on Fremont Street to get a glimpse of that reality. At the entrance, the sports-themed Las Vegas Club dons a massive brass statue of a baseball player. The statue stands half cradled in a potentially blinding, mirror-like concave metal hollow that reflects the city upon which the statue gazes.

Siegfried and Roy Statue
The Mirage
3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 791-7111
www.mirage.com

As a well-known statue located between the Mirage and Treasure Island on the Las Vegas Strip, this weird brass figure with a partial bust of Siegfried and Roy and the head of a brass lion is a must-see for fans of strange statues. The sculpture sits protected behind a gate. By night, the lighting casts eerie shadows across the likeness of the two renowned performers, and by day, the campiness of the imposing bronze inspires camera-wielding visitors to take silly-posed pictures with the statue behind them.

The Yarnstormers’ Bridge
Sunrise Hospital
3186 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 731-8000
www.sunrisehospital.com

When approaching the Sunrise Hospital located in the Paradise area of Las Vegas, you may see a splash of color that makes you wonder if you’re seeing spots. These beautiful colors are no illusion. The pedestrian bridge leading to the hospital has been yarnstormed. This piece of public art is a work of The Yarnstormers, a group of crochet ninjas at the West Flamingo Senior Center. The kaleidoscopic circles were knitted using yarn that was donated by the community.

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Heather Bliss is a writer living in Las Vegas. Before she wrote about the Las Vegas area, she wrote articles about news, politics, movies and music in California. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in the Visual and Performing Arts from CSU San Marcos and studied Journalism at Moorpark College, where she received her A.A. degree. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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