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Las Vegas is now home to one of the most mind-bending art exhibits in the world, and it all resides inside the Louis Vuitton store at the Shops at Crystals. Meet Akhob, the permanent art installation from James Turrell that explores your perceptions of light and space.
Turrell's Ganzfeld installation challenges perception by using uniform light to disorient, kind of the way a blinding snowstorm can turn the world into a white vacuum. Akhob marks Turrell's largest Ganzfeld and the only in the world that gives guests a chance to walk through privately.
Louis Vuitton staff take guests, who book their private tour in advance, via elevator to the upper level of the store, where the Akhob reception area awaits with dim lights, dark paint and streamlined furnishings that give visitors' eyes a chance to adjust and prepare. Switch into booties and then walk into the exhibit up a short staircase. Two viewing chambers lit in jewel tones are ahead. Floors here elevate toward the light, which Turrell calls the "sensing space" and turns into a solid colors that seem to go on forever. For 24 minutes, the colors change and flow for an immersive experience. At the end sits a oval entrance that turns into an eye.
Of course, this experience isn't for everyone. Louis Vuitton only books appointments Thursdays through Mondays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 702-730-3150.
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