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Nancy Rubins' water vessel sculpture "Big Edge" at MGM's CityCenter

Over 75’ long, cantilevered over Vdara’s main driveway, Rubin’s steel and aluminum sculpture suspends a wave of found objects: rowboats, canoes, kayaks, all tied in tension with stainless steel cable.


Flynn A&D created photomontages of sizing and placement to get the initial location for the sculpture approved, then built (with the art gallery’s assistance) a 190 s.f. site model for locating the artist's 1:12 scale maquette within the landscape context. The model allowed the artist and client to finesse the sculpture's placement as it overhung the roadway below.

Flynn A&D further assisted in the structural coordination of the piece.

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Built, 2009

CityCenter, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Nancy Rubins

MGM Resorts International

Flynn A&D

DeSimone Consulting Engineers

G-C Arts, Michele C Quinn Fine Art Advisory

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