Weekly Photo Challenge: Big. Weekly Travel theme: Display. Dragons in Las Vegas

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This is an entry in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge : Big and also the weekly travel theme from a fellow blogger Ailsa’s Weekly Travel Theme: Display.

The above pictures were taken in February, 2012 in Las Vegas where the city celebrated the Year of the Dragon.  I am not a big fan of Las Vegas.  A friend invited me there to appreciate all the displays of decoration in celebrating the Year of the Dragon.  I did appreciate the big and beautiful dragon/s in many hotels in LV.  However, if you ask a gambler, he /she may not even notice these big displays!  A friend’s relative came back from Las Vegas at nearly the same time when I was there.  When I asked him and his wife whether they saw the big dragons, the guy said, “I just went straight to the casino”, and his wife said, “oh, I only went there to shop”!!

Afterall, who would go to LV if you do not gamble or shop?  I am probably one of the few people!

I hope you will all enjoy seeing the lovely dragons.  Although they were just displays, I tend to regard them as some kind of art installations, with a commercial objective.  I know some of you will be laughing at me.  Is this a provocative  idea for people who are passionate about art?   Some of you may say:  “This is no artist’s work?  These are only craftsmen or skilled laborers.  If they are not produced by artists, they are not art work.”   What about decorative art?  What about those ancient sculptures with no known artists?   Don’t be angry yet.   This is a poll for you. I hope you will participate.  The result will be very interesting.  Do come back and check the poll.

Before I end this post, let me suggest a quote of the day:

“Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.”  Igor Stravinsky

True or false?  Who knows?

13 Comments Add yours

  1. The dragons are beautiful – definitely art! Las Vegas also offers a great variety of museum-type displays, shows of every kind, and some wonderful desert sights – so if you accompany a gambler or shopper, there’s always plenty to do! (But I agree, seeing the gamblers can be very depressing.)

    1. friendlytm says:

      Thanks so much for your comments. I do love the small art gallery in Bellagio, and a small bookstore somewhere. I may visit LV again soon as one of my best friends just moved there!

  2. Clanmother says:

    We are indeed in the year of the Dragon. Vancouver hold many celebrations to welcome the Chinese New Year. It is exciting and colourful. And if I am not mistaken this year belongs to the Water Dragon…

    1. friendlytm says:

      Hi Rebecca: thanks for your comments. I am embarrassed to tell you that I had to google the answer…yes, this year is a water dragon!
      So, what is your vote? I am interested to know!

      1. Clanmother says:

        I think it is a combination of both (I just went back to your post to vote). The Chinese culture has a way of mixing both commerce and beauty together in a way that brings the community together. I have learned so much from living in Vancouver which has a large Chinese community. Diversity is strength – that is why blogging is so powerful. We continue to learn and grow simply because we are from different places and cultures. Your posts are a joy to read…

      2. friendlytm says:

        Thanks so much, Rebecca. It is great to have a blogger friend like you. We have so much to share!
        The voting result is interesting. I am still waiting for others to vote! Thanks again.

      3. Clanmother says:


  3. Jo Bryant says:

    i don’t care what they are for – they are beautiful

    1. friendlytm says:

      Thank you for your comments. The dragons are indeed beautiful.
      Your blog is nice. Thanks for sharing and stopping by mine.

    1. friendlytm says:

      Thank you for stopping by. I like you LV pic too. They are indeed BIG!

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