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James Turrell's "Shards of Color, 2013" at The Shops at Crystals at MGM's CityCenter

Within the signature architecture of Daniel Libeskind’s built Crystals retail center, Turrell inserted a lighting installation for the circulation routes connecting the tramway, escalator, and elevator lobbies to the shops below.


For the interior façade of the transformation, Turrell converted four existing wall openings into the zero-edge apertures of his Space Division artworks. The rear spaces, still utilized by the public, were coved and rounded in Ganzfeld-like fashion, rendering the intensely colorized rooms behind the apertures as two-dimensional planes of light when seen frontally.


​The escalator’s ceiling was renovated into a pseudo Shallow Space, finished out with an enormous Wide Glass artwork.

​The Tram APM lobby was infused with color from ceiling coves, through re-glazed, fritted glass interior partitions with custom stainless steel lighting trays, and by frosted, tinted films on exterior glazing to reduce ambient daylight.


Flynn A&D was the architect of record and the art design architect for the project.

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Built, 2013

Las Vegas, NV, USA

James Turrrell

MGM Resorts International

Flynn A&D

Flynn A&D

Acorn Studios

Halcrow Yolles

MSA Engineering Consultants

Architectural Resource Consultants

Rolf Jensen & Associates

Access by Design

OCI Contracting

Baltic Studio

Kayne Griffin Corcoran

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