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Wired Magazine Connects To Wynn Las Vegas

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 17th August 2005 4:48pm
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As Steve Wynn appeared atop his new 50-story eponymous hotel-casino on the Vegas Strip earlier this year for the property's first TV ads, viewers were left wondering, "How'd he do that?"

But it's actually more startling and intriguing to find Wynn at the base of the same gargantuan resort property, on a patio outside the Wynn Las Vegas' ice cream shop where the gleaming bronze-glass tower is separated from a 140-foot, man-made mountain by a 30-foot-wide river. There, the hotel visionary seems dwarfed and consumed -- literally and figuratively -- by his own creations, awed that they ever got built and, surprisingly, not nearly as larger-than-life as might be expected from someone whose place in Vegas lore is more secure than anyone of his era.

Mostly, though, he's defensive -- and very annoyed. His new creation was received by some travel writers and architectural critics not with the awe they greeted his Mirage in 1989 and Bellagio in 1998 but with questions about why it cost a record-breaking $2.7 billion and with mocking of Wynn's over-the-top boasts that this resort is the most complex structure ever built. Yes, ever. And yet, Wynn doesn't back down. On an exclusive tour with Wired News this month, the 63-year-old hotelier goes further than ever, exclaiming "The engineering and the coordination of putting those two things together -- the tower and the mountain -- make a pyramid of Egypt look like a Lego toy! A Lego toy!"



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