From historic elegance to high-tech swagger, the chandeliers that illuminate the casinos and other attractions in Las Vegas run the gamut. A variety of materials have been used to convey their unique designs – things like dazzling crystals, hand-blown glass, saxophones and even empty tequila bottles. Although some of these eye-catching pieces appear to be the result of an interior decorator gone mad, most were constructed by forward-thinking architects. Here’s where you can find 10 of the city’s most brilliant lighting creations.
1.) The Cosmopolitan
Okay, The Chandelier at The Cosmopolitan isn’t actually a lighting fixture. However, this trendy bar is definitely the largest and most well-known chandelier in Las Vegas. In fact, it’s the resort’s main attraction. An architectural wonder, The Chandelier is comprised of more than 2 million crystal beads that form large curtain-like layers. Interior designer and architect David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group joined forces with Theming Solutions Inc., a Henderson-area company, to work out all the engineering details. This included producing the handmade octagon-shaped crystal beads that will never wear out. In the end, it took almost a year to build the 65-foot-tall, 10,000-square-foot space that houses three different drinking experiences: a high-energy bar at the bottom, a sophisticated cocktail room in the middle and an inviting lounge at the top.
2.) Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Rock ’n’ roll fans are sure to fall in love with the décor at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. From Fender guitar-shaped door handles to stage costumes and other prized memorabilia, this resort is devoted to all things music. But, without a doubt, the coolest item is a gold-plated chandelier made with 32 saxophones. It hangs in the hallway near the popular Mexican cantina Pink Taco – set off vividly by a glowing pink ceiling.
3.) The Smith Center
Visit The Smith Center, the city’s new performing arts center, and you’ll be immersed in an atmosphere dripping in art deco charm. From the terrazzo flooring to the wood-paneled walls and aluminum latticework, the whole building pays tribute to Hoover Dam, the man-made engineering wonder constructed during the Great Depression. In the Grand Lobby, three 19-foot-tall chandeliers are sure to grab your attention from above – for even the lighting has been incorporated into the vision of bringing the past into the present.
4.) Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Chandeliers of all shapes and sizes grace the glamorous Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. In the 12,800-square-foot lobby, there are eight that line the escalator. Each one is comprised of 66,000 individually hand-strung crystals. Other glittering spheres, also formed from suspended crystals, are positioned in the corridors of the Miracle Mile Shops, where they are highlighted stunningly by color-changing lights and the polished black stone flooring.
5.) Paris Las Vegas
In the spirit of the City of Light, the foyer at Paris Las Vegas sparkles brightly thanks to 15 large crystal chandeliers. Gold-leafed cornice moldings adorn them from the ceilings. Smaller lamps and crystal fixtures also complement this spacious and elegant reception area, adding to the enchanting luminescence while guests wait to check in.
6.) Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa
To up the already high classiness factor at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta had several splendid chandeliers – in a variety of shapes and sizes – created. Combined, they contain about 3.1 million pieces of Swarovski and Preciosa crystal valued at more than $6 million. At 60 feet long, the largest chandelier is found in the high-limit gaming area. But another spectacular 32-foot-long chandelier greets guests in the hotel lobby, hovering dramatically above the bar area.
The casino at Encore is decorated with 63 custom chandeliers, and three more hang in the entryway near the main registration desk. The stunning pieces were made from hand-blown glass in Murano, a small group of islands off the coast of Italy. It took the talented artisans there almost two years to create these incredible chandeliers, which were inspired by the twist of a woman’s skirt frozen in time. The glow of their special red color (called “rubino”) was achieved using 24-karat gold dust. The order of 66 chandeliers was the largest commission of the rare red glass in the history of Murano – which spans 1,000 years!
8.) Wynn Las Vegas
The Parasol Up/Down bars at Wynn Las Vegas are two sweeping lounges named for the whimsical light fixtures that are suspended from the ceiling. The inverted umbrellas, which traditionally provide shade from the sun, were created from an array of colorful fabrics that give off a rainbow-like radiance.
9.) Aliante Station
Cabo Mexican Restaurant in Aliante Station is a delicious Mexican eatery with a truly unique chandelier. Above the bar, dropping from the grand high ceiling, you’ll discover a breathtaking lighting piece fashioned from 2,716 empty Cazadores tequila bottles.
A lavish $10 million chandelier dominates the lobby of the Bellagio. Created by glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, this grand glass flower lighting display, called Fiori de Como, is nearly 18 feet long. A magnificent multicolored piece, it’s comprised of 2,000 hand-blown blossoms and provides a perfect complement for the adjacent Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.