Patty Arnold

LAS VEGAS — The ultimate human intervention in the landscape.

In René Magritte's painting The Treachery of Images he has included the words Ceci n'est pas une pipe–This is not a pipe. He poses the paradox that the painting is not a pipe but an image of a pipe. Las Vegas is a city internationally known for gambling, shopping and entertainment, it exists as a kind of giant movie set. It is here that intervention in the landscape is taken to the extreme. Using staging, engineering and technology, Las Vegas has created the enter-scape (entertainment / landscape). Malls have hourly thunderstorms, stop for a quick picture in front of the largest manmade waterfall, catch the evening volcanic eruption, see the Venetian canals, dancing fountains, or the sights and smells of a street in Paris or New York. Americans want a landscape that performs and even Old Faithful has been impacted by earthquakes and vandalism affecting its reliability. Las Vegas delivers the lava, nightly, on time and you don't have to run for your life.

  • Volcano Volcano
  • Sky Glass Sky Glass
  • Waterfall Waterfall IV
  • Waterfall Waterfall II
  • Waterfall Waterfall 1
  • Video Pond Video Pond II
  • Video Pond Video Pond I
  • Rain Mall Storm IV
  • Rain Mall Storm III
  • Rain Mall Storm II
  • Rain Mall Storm I
  • Balcony Balcony I
  • Palms Clouds Buildings Palms Clouds Edge I
  • Palms Palms Clouds Edge II
  • Cloud Crane Cloud Crane I
  • Cloud Crane Cloud Crane II
  • Cloud Crane Cloud Crane III
  • Geometric-Organic Geometric-Organic
  • Edge Edge
  • Balcony Balcony II
  • Car Park Car Park II
  • Car Park Car Park I
  • Building edge Edge IX
  • Building edge Edge VIII
  • Building edge Edge VII
  • Building edge Edge VI
  • Building edge Edge III
  • Building edge Edge II
  • Building edge Edge X
  • Building edge Edge I
  • Moon Light Moon Light I
  • Moon Light Moon Light II