The Venetian Las Vegas, in association with Culture Corps, presents an immersive art installation by Anne Patterson, suspended inside the resort’s Waterfall Atrium. The installation, which debuted June 9, is named Another Sky and is a composition of the interactions of 32 miles of satin ribbon.
Inspired by the sky, the installation is designed with 3,590 strands of reflective ribbon in 15 colors, including navy, plum, Navajo turquoise, and emerald.
The installation can be enjoyed from the floor of the atrium or from the balcony level. Patterson said the grand scale of the piece gave her the opportunity to provide viewers a “radically different” view from every side.
“The look and feel will change as the day progresses,” she says. “As light shines in through the skylight and the air stirs through the space hitting the ribbons, they will dance and create a melody of movement.”
Patterson’s artwork is a response to her unique view of the natural world. The artist has synesthesia, a condition in which stimulation to one sensory pathway triggers involuntary stimulation to another sensory pathway. As a result, Patterson says she sees “an incredible magnificence of colors and shapes,” when she hears music, and the smells of spring, for instance, trigger a “play of light” in her mind. Her art is reflective of these sensory experiences.
“My goal is to have the audience experience art in a new, deeper way,” she said.
Patterson began her career designing sets and visual accompaniments for orchestras. Her first major art installation, Graced With Light – The Ribbon Project, at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, was installed in 2013 and was met with critical success.
The installation for The Venetian was developed in association with Culture Corps, an organization that offers access to art and cultural programming, specializing in classic art advising, and tailor-made activations for.
Another Sky is The Venetian’s latest entry into the Las Vegas public art scene. In September, the resort commissioned LOVE, an installation created by Laura Kimpton as part of her Monumental Word Series. Standing 13-feet-high, LOVE was on display at Life is Beautiful festival in downtown Las Vegas, after which it was moved to the resort’s Waterfall Atrium. The Venetian also worked with Culture Corps to identify and license digital artwork from prominent artists, including Marilyn Minter, Laurie Simmons, Marco Brambilla and Poyen Wang, to be displayed on screens throughout The Dorsey, a The Venetian’s cocktail bar.