Project details

Project type: Urban, Sport and leisure
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Client: MGM Resorts International
Lighting Design: Arup
Architect: !Melk
Design Director: Marnell Architecture
Photographer: Ryan Linton


The lighting design of this project won Architectural Lighting's Best Use of Color Award. The 60-foot high, sculptural, steel structures were internally and externally illuminated in order to harmonize with various lighting throughout The Park. Lumenbeam RGB fixtures were heralded for their ability to be dynamically programmed and for their array of coloring abilities. 

Having worked with Lumenpulse before, I knew their sizes and beam spreads would fit in these unique and confined shapes.

Leni Schwendinger

The Park - Shade Structures

The lights of the Las Vegas Strip are an institution. A bold, frenzy comes to mind when we picture it, whether we've been there or not. MGM Resorts International's placement of the first recreational park within the hustle of the Strip, however, needed to blend with the frenzy but offer a suave salve for the weary.

The Park's landscape architectural firm, !Melk, placed the lighting design of their sixteen, sixty-foot high, trumpeting steel sculptures in the hands of Arup. "Each shape is unique," said Leni Schwendinger, Associate Principal of Arup, "and required an organic understanding as well as a scientific one." The concept was to create a 15-minute long program of rhythmically fueled illumination that required a number of color changes.

"Right away, I knew I wanted the sculptures to be lit internally, and make a rhythm of light using the perforations," continued Schwendinger, "but there were some physical constraints. The luminaires would have to be placed in the confined space at the base of the flare of the sculptures." Schwendinger's previous experience with Lumenpulse led her to our luminaires. "The customer service, reputation amongst the lighting community, performance, as well as their sizes and beam spreads, made them an easy choice," Schwendinger added.

The DMX controlled internal RGB Lumenbeam fixtures bleed through the perforations in the large petal-like sculptures that tower over the trees, but they are also illuminated by exterior, pole-mounted Lumenbeams, which come alive every fifteen minutes, as a kind of visual chime. The cross-lighting for the perforations, the colored accent lighting, grouped with the exterior accenting, not only enlivens the cantilevered flare of the sculptures, it can also harmonize them with, or counterpoint them off of, the Park's other lighting.

The sculptures awash in fluid color create an oasis of transforming light along the often-manic Strip. The integration of the Lumenbeam RGBs into the sculptures gives the metal breath, as the storied program of colors washes over them, they grow and become desert blooms.


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