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Fun and Games: Las Vegas Scene

There’s always time to squeeze in some R&R in Sin City.

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WWD MAGIC issue 08/21/2012

PURE GENIUS


The Venetian hotel is currently hosting “Da Vinci — The Genius,” a traveling art exhibition that offers insight into the mind of the legendary artist through life-size and fully interactive models of his artwork and innovations.


Most of his ideas, including the automobile, scuba gear and war weapons, never left the pages of his notebooks. This show uses those original sketches to construct various full-scale mechanical inventions, and then analyzes their impact to the modern world.


The exhibition shows more than 200 pieces, 75 interactive inventions and 11 themed sections to fully showcase the diversity and scope of this complicated man’s mind.


One of the most popular displays is “Secrets of the Mona Lisa,” a 360-degree replica and analysis of the iconic painting. This piece provides a detailed report and breakdown of the findings, conducted by French fine art examiner Pascal Cotte, that most viewers might not see on their own.

But unlike visiting the original at the Louvre museum in Paris, the creators encourage guests to bring cameras and snap away. For an even more detailed experience, visitors can purchase a $5 audio tour available in multiple languages. — Sarah Tooker


Da Vinci – The Genius, The Venetian Hotel, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Tel.: 702-414-9000, Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Cost: $27, Web: davincithegenius.com


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