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Akhob

Veer Towers, 3720 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA Veer Towers, 3720 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
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Akhob. Las Vegas, United States
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Imagine the sheer serendipity of finding a world-renowned artist’s work secreted away on the top floor of a French luxury goods store, in the midst of a tacky oasis, and you’ll have only begun to appreciate the wonder of James Turrell’s “Akhob.”

Las Vegas is known for aspirations of grandeur and attempting to fulfill them by any means necessary. Fueling this mentality is a plethora of luxury stores, ready to furnish high rollers and poseurs with all the accouterments necessary to play. But a visit to the Louis Vuitton outpost lets visitors in-the-know walk away with a little added value to their shopping experience: artistic fulfillment.

In 2013, Louis Vuitton commissioned a permanent James Turrell installation to occupy a hidden space on the fourth floor of its City Center store. Called “Akhob,” a word from Egypt’s Amarna period supposedly meaning “pure water,” the piece consists of circular openings leading into two huge chambers filled with slowly changing, rotating light. Turrell calls these sort of iconic installations, for which he’s famous, “ganzfelds” or “light fields.”

Know Before You Go
Viewing of the installation is free and open to the public, but limited to four people at a time (private parties can have up to six), so reservations must be scheduled in advance. To make a reservation, call (702) 730-3150. NOTE: The reservations are always booked for 3-4 weeks (yes, a month) solid, so call in advance. They are open Thursday through Monday, 11:30am - 730pm, closed Tues and Wed. You will be required to sign a three-page release form and to remove your shoes when entering the installation

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