Experience Fremont Street

December 24, 2014

By Janet Dodrill

Vegas Vik, the famous Vegas neon cowboy, is seen in this Fremont Street Experience image.

Vegas Vik, the famous Vegas neon cowboy, is seen in this Fremont Street Experience image.

The famous Fremont Street sits in Old Las Vegas (Glitter Gulch), and is home to some of Vegas’s first casinos and hotels (like the Golden Nugget). In the early 1990s Fremont Street was closed for construction of the Fremont Street Experience — a 90-foot high barrel LED vault canopy, spanning four blocks in length. The canopy covers the outdoor streets of the existing hotels and casinos.

While I was there I saw two (light) shows, Bon Jovi at 9:00 p.m. and The Who at 10:00 p.m. The street was alive with people enjoying the Vegas night life, including two free concerts at different locations under the canopy.

As a show begins, the outdoor casino building lights shut off, and the canopy comes alive in an animated light show, choreographed to music.

Below are some photos from my experience on Fremont Street!

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

Resources:

Wikipedia, Fremont Street

Wikipedia, Fremont Street Experience

Photos © Janet Dodrill

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Da Vinci the Exhibition

May 29, 2014

By Janet Dodrill

Da Vinci the Exhibition in Las Vegas, limited engagement.

Da Vinci the Exhibition in Las Vegas, limited engagement.

On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I made a point of seeing “Da Vinci the Exhibition” at The Venetian’s Imagine Exhibitions Gallery. The exhibit brought to light many of the artworks and inventions by mastermind Leonardo Da Vinci. The gallery was segmented to show different types of his work. Large printed posters with a comprehensive history of the artist lined the walls, and many fun facts were revealed. In one of the first rooms was his small body of paintings (reproductions were used), some finished, some unfinished, including the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, work from when he studied with master artist Verrocchio, and other works, and even a few paintings that have not been authenticated.

Most other sections of the exhibit showcased enlarged sketch book pages and ideas and inventions brought to life with real scale models – built staying relatively close to Da Vinci’s designs. One room had lens optics and a mirrored room, another room had constructions for war including a tank, a portable bridge, a multi-shooting mechanical device, a rising ladder and platform for invading a castle over a moat, and other designs, some purchased for use in war. Animated 3D video screens showed how some of the constructions worked. He also created pulley devices and tools, many of which involved motion when used. An underwater suit, parachute, and flying machine were also in the exhibit.

I spent about an hour and a half there, really absorbing the breadth of Da Vinci’s work and genius. Though it was not a typical Vegas show, this limited engagement exhibit was well put-together and inexpensive. An adult ticket cost $27.50 but if you see a Vegas show you may find a coupon code in the program.

Learn more about Da Vinci the Exhibition:

www.venetian.com/entertainment.html

www.lasvegas.com/event/da-vinci-the-exhibition/21483

www.vegas.com/attractions/on-the-strip/da-vinci-exhibition-venetian-las-vegas