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‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ Sign, Las Vegas, Nevada

In order to exit the US Botanic Garden you had to walk through almost the entire conservatory, spread around which were more displays from the Season’s Greenings “Roadside Attractions” exhibit.

This famous landmark is an iconic symbol of the rollicking city of Las Vegas, and many people consider it the official marker of the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip. The sign’s design is an example of classic 1950s Googie architecture, which features bold geometric shapes, neon, and starbursts. The white neon circles surrounding each letter in the word “welcome” represent silver dollars, a reference to Nevada’s nickname, “The Silver State.” Recognizing the sign’s role as an iconic landmark, the city has recently added parking and sidewalks next to the sign to allow visitors to access it easily, cementing its status as a true roadside attraction.

Building materials: grape vine, shelf fungus, mahogany hull, putka pods, sandalwood seed

Loon mask, 1981, posted earlier:

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Julie Oldfield14-Dec-2017 01:24
I love Las Vegas. Fabulous! V
Patrick Goossens12-Dec-2017 20:24
Very lovely doen. I imagine that photographing these items is not always easy.
Jim Coffman12-Dec-2017 19:47
A nice capture of this neat sign, Helen.. I have seen the real one some years ago..