Sharks & Scuba Divers
June 11, 2012 § 38 Comments
Covering 8 acres of land, the Bellagio fountains was opened in 1998 to the tune of $40 million. Originally envisioned to be a water resort in the middle of the strip called Beau Rivage, Steve Wynn and his team decided to tone down the project and transfer the concept to a casino resort in Biloxi, Mississippi. Constructed above a desert floor, the Bellagio fountains have had controversies of the man made lake being filled with treated greywater (water recycled from laundry, dish washing and bathing) from the hotel since a considerable amount of freshwater would be needed to fill the basin. Fortunately decades before the building was constructed a fresh water well had been drilled to irrigate a golf course that previously occupied the lot. Consisting of 4,500 lights, 1,200 nozzles and extreme shooters that can send blasts of water up to 460ft high, this daily choreographed show has stood the test of time and today stands as the best attraction on the Las Vegas strip.I was supposed to include this post in the image summary of the whole trip later on, but when I saw how many shots I took of the fountains I realized how important it was. No matter how many times I watched the show either from my room or on the ground, there was something that made it feel like Vegas. At one point I was even imagining a shark attacking the scuba diver that was maintaining the fountain and I was debating if I should smash through the window and plummet 15 stories to the ground to save him. I was absolutely panicking in my head over this imaginary event that was happening. Happiest day of my life!
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