Vegas Arabesque, Cultural Corridor Bridge
“Vegas Arabesque” by Denver based artist David Griggs neon bridge enhancement “was inspired by the legacy of Las Vegas, its unique setting in the Southwest, and the location of the bridge among Las Vegas’ cultural institutions. The illuminated artwork is just under 132’ long and 18’ 4” at the highest point.
“Las Vegas has a heritage that defines the City as a destination for relaxation, gaming, and entertainment. This heritage takes a variety of forms, from distinctive architecture to the extravagance of casinos and shows. “Vegas Arabesque” pays homage to these Las Vegas icons. In colors associated with the Southwest, this sculptural form alights across a bridge that is the gateway to the City’s cultural institutions. The shapes used in the design build a rhythm that suggests the visual splendor of a Vegas chorus line. In vaguely figurative forms, the design dances across the bridge in the playful spirit of Las Vegas’ own Americana. “Vegas Arabesque” also pays homage to vintage Vegas signs. Reminiscent of some of the grand spectacles of signage from historic Las Vegas, the sculpture will serve as a beacon for the City’s cultural institutions. One of the “culturals,” the Neon Boneyard and Museum, is mere yards away from the new Cultural Corridor Bridge, and serves as a resting place for the glorious signs of Las Vegas’ past.” –David Griggs
Completed: June 1, 2011