Vegas Eye: Have you seen this recently?

Dave P. is continuing his domination of this puzzle quest — He locked down his fourth straight solution last week. In fact, he correctly solved all of the questions on his first stab. This week’s puzzle has all of the ingredients for a Five-Peat…. It’s a close-up of an extremely well-known icon in Las Vegas. Does it seem familiar to you?

Even in an out-of-context framing, this is probably too easy for the VE Geo-Sleuths!
Photo by Diane Taylor

1. What is this and where is it located now?
2. Who was the artist that created this piece?
3. What casino property was its first home?
4. What casino property is now located there (the original location for this artwork)?
5. When was this art installed in its current location?
6. Bonus question: Approximately how many people might have seen this over the last four decades?

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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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4 responses on “Vegas Eye: Have you seen this recently?

  1. I’ll start off for a partial Five-Peat….

    #1 It’s the cowboy statue/sign – Horse and Rider – at the east entrance of Fremont St.

    #2 No idea. Yet.

    #3 Hacienda (What a dingy place towards the end. But I have great memories of Redd Foxx performing there.)

    #4 Mandalay Bay

    #5 1996

    #6 Really, really no idea. And don’t have much hope on this part.

  2. Dave,

    You’re off to a great start as usual!

    #1. It is actually called the Hacienda Rider and Horse and it was installed in 1967.

    #2. Hint: First name starts with a B and is five letters long. Last name is 6 letters long.

    #6 Wild-ass guesses are fine with me!

  3. OK, I’ll try to wrap this up.

    #2 Brian Leming.

    #6 Since 1970, there have been almost a billion visitors to Las Vegas. I’ll say that 1 in 4 people saw this sign (maybe a bit generous), but that’ll give me a guess of 250 million.

  4. Seems like a good quess on #6 — I’ve not done the calculation yet either.

    Nice work on this one!


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