So after enjoy the aquarium (Shark Reef) at Mandalay Bay so much and my general disinterested is “shows” I decided to investigate another exhibit. I went to the Luxor ticketing booth and was talked in for getting a 3 for $57 deal, which I liked because the cheap tickets to cirque du Soleil (insert stupid work here) were $45 plus tax.
1: Titanic: The Exhibition @ Luxor – Real Artifacts, Treue stories.
This exhibition focusesed on how people interacted with the Titanic and used the artifacts to punctuate they story, this was an immersive expirence, which sounds super dumb. BUT was fantastic !!!!! You start off in the drafting room of Harland & Wolff ( the Belfast shipbuilders) it has floor to ceiling photo (those vinyl wall wrap ones) of me. At work at drafting tables and all the display case look like desk and book shelves, you walk from here to a “dock” with wall being the a CG reproduced photo of the Titanic, it feels like you are walking next to the ship, if you look up your view is “blocked” by gang planks and the bight light of the “sun” so it feels like the ship just keeps going up ( you can hear the noise of a dock and seagulls and waves, all very stuble and the loop is long enough you do t hear the same thing all the time, feel very natural) all the display cases are traveling trunks and suitcases. The next section is 3 class cabin corridor, with the noise of the engine and there is vitrators in the floor so the floor chugs along with the noise, this section has bios of some passengers in 3rd class as well as a cabin diorama. You the head though a 2nd class reading room, first class suite (mocked up to be full size, it was HUGE) first class dinning, the board walk, with stars !!!!! (Each room was made to look like it was larger than it was using wall vinyls or mirrors, often you had to open doors to shift from one room to another.
These room really whisk you away to a world or luxury and glamour and thus when you walk into a dim room, with black walks and just the words ICE BERG ahead, you suddenly remember what happens to the titanic. This section has a scale down model of the Titanic and the iceberg and the ships in the area.
You then wonder around “underwater” to the resting place of the Titanic until you come to the show stopper the “big piece” (don’t blame me I did not name it) it is the largest section of the Titanic to be raised, it is 20 ton, 8 m x 4.5 and when you look at the diagram to see where this section was on the titanic it is a tiny little section !!! The last thing you do is check to see if “you” survived the Titanic. Each person that enters receives a boarding pass, when you get to the end there are massive boards of 1st, 2nd and 3 rd class passengers as well as crew. I was a 2nd class lady and survived (my brother and fiancé did not)
2: Bodies: look deep inside you self
This exhibition 13 preserved human bodies and over 260human organs. The specimens has been preserved with various polymers and thus soft tissue can be preserved. I was amazing to see a Skelton with all the cartilage attached, it look like it could attack at any time!!!!! The organs that had had the blood vessels filled with plastic and the. The organ was rotted away thus leaving the highway behind, however the problem I had with this exhibition is that all the whole specimens were male, only in the reproductive section did you get 2 women (one was pregnant) and you got a female pelvis which did not have the clitorus labeled (FYI iPad don’t have clitorus in there dictionary) it piss me off this denial of female sexuality, the clitorus is an amazing complex organ, why was there no in depth view of this organ (ie the clitorus by it self) the penis got 3 different Point of view. You could hold a preserved brain, which was cool. Not cool was the person curating this station (in a white coat etc) was happily agreeing with this random dude that taking colloidal silver is a necessary because we don’t eat with silver table wear any more and thus don’t get silver the natural way anymore
3: Town & Country: From Degas to Picasso
A audio tour of a fine art gallery, how glorious !!! So I got my culture vulture on and learned about art, on a side note the curator was funny and engaging the bloke that apparently needed to introduce her at every paint was a SNOOZE feast. Here are some fun art fact
- In the 1800s better roads and improved railway technology provided access to the country side to the middle class, previously on,y visited by the elite and royalty. This lead to the birth of domestic tourism in France and thus going out to the country was the thing to do, but tons of city people did not want to go to the county becaus it was dull (as they still did not have access to the manor houses and A grade parties) the British horse racing industry saw an and “exported” racing to France, thus giving the city folks a reason to go to the country. This mis where the idea of horse racing being the sport of kings come from, it is pure marketing
- Robert Earle Henri had a special painting kit that would allow him to oil paint a small portrait (7×10 cm) then snap it into a drying case so he could continue snoop Paris ….. instagram oil paint style
- There is a photograph (early example of this technology being used as an art form) that was was copywritten in 1857, so next time some wanker try’s to tell you commercial art is a new concept that is ruining everything, smack them up side the head