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Vegas Eye: It’s got light, metal and it’s curved….. Yep, this is vintage VE

Thursday, April 18, 2013

If you’ve been paying attention to the location of the last three Vegas Eye puzzles, you probably already know where this week’s puzzle must be based. Extra kudos to Dave P. for correctly figuring out the Las Vegas-specific reference to the song “Alice’s Restaurant” in last week’s puzzle. There’s still an unsolved part of the puzzle — but you have to be able to convert feet to meters…. So… as I was saying, this week’s puzzle is located in close proximity to last week’s puzzle. Don’t forget about the other recent VE puzzles still unsolved… If you’d like to give them a whirl, think about “Curves and Lights” and Vertigo Blues!

What is the meaning of this work of art?
Photo by Megan Edwards

1. When was this installed? Who is the artist and what is the name of the work?
2. Since we’re all into triangulation… What is the distance in feet from this location to the previous two VE puzzles?
3. If you were looking for one of the artist’s most endearing works, how many tons of Cor-Ten steel were involved?

More about the Vegas Eye mystery photo game:

1) Anyone can play! If you think you know the location of the place or landmark pictured in the mystery photo(s) and can answer the accompanying questions, please post your responses as a comment below. Locations and landmarks are all located within a 35-mile radius of Las Vegas City Hall.

2) We invite you to contribute mystery photos to Vegas Eye and pose your own puzzle questions. If you’d like to contribute, please keep in mind that a good subject for a mystery photo should be unique in some way. There should be subtle but identifiable visual clues in the photo to help players solve the puzzle. Please send photos and puzzle questions to Vegas Eye at this address. (Please submit high resolution photos. Full-size images straight from your camera are best.)

3) If the players and contributors of this Vegas Eye game are unable to completely solve the questions posed by Vegas Eye, than Vegas Eye will be compelled to provide and post answers within a 30-day period of the original post. Participants in this Vegas Eye game will be awarded some level of bonus points for solving these puzzles within the thirty-day period. The calibration of the relative value of these bonus points is still be determined. However there have been two special honorees as the reigning super VE-Geo-Sleuths: October, 2012 Dave P, is the most active of the current puzzle sleuths and deserves special recognition for using geometry to triangulate the position of the photographer in this tricky VE puzzle. In October 2010, Tom Herbertson was able to deduce and otherwise figure out all of the mystery locations shown here and in 2011 Martin Veneroso has posted a number of detailed responses, like this one for the Las Vegas Strip pink elephant and this one which is seen by hundreds of people every day!

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3 Responses to “Vegas Eye: It’s got light, metal and it’s curved….. Yep, this is vintage VE”
  1. Dave P. says:

    I’ll take a shot at the easy stuff first.

    #1 Installed at Symphony Park/Smith Center in 2012 (at least opened to the public then)
    Artist is Albert Paley
    Sculpture is unnamed (just a guess, since the Smith Center site doesn’t give a name)

    #2 Still can’t figure out how to find this distance thing. Stumped from the last puzzle too.

    #3 Tricky one. Endearing to whom? But since we’re talking TONS of steel, I’ll go for Odyssey, at City of Council Bluffs Iowa. 4 pieces, 46,000 to 70,000 lbs each. So I’ll say 200+ tons total. But this also contains bronze, so I’m not sure….

  2. Vegas Eye says:

    #1…. Yeah, this was kind of a naughty question, because I don’t know the name of it either and I don’t remember if there was a sign plaque on the work itself. For more information about the art at the Smith Center, here is a very nice link.

    #2…. I’m surprised this has been tricky for you — You’re a pro at Google Earth maps….

    #3… Oh… yeah, well I was referring to the work as being led to the artist becoming endearing with his fans. And it’s not in Council Bluffs… (Think about St. Louis, for instance)

  3. OK… It’s time to provide the answer to the #3 above. Yes, of course, it is an Albert Paley work, but this one is located in St. Louis and is called “Animals Always” and was constructed of 100 tons of Cor-Ten steel. More about the work can be found here.

    And as far as the measurements go….(Question #2): it’s about 55 meters from this art piece to the statue of the Smiths… (and I used a Google satellite image to conjure this).

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