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"Dream Machine" rises McCarran International Airport

Twenty-six-foot-tall, spiraling "Dream Machine" has been assembled near McCarran International Airport, quickly becoming the latest "What is that?" object of admiration from passing motorists. The sculptural tour de force is the creation of local artist Wayne Littlejohn, who was selected in July 2015 by a panel of five citizens from among 33 applicants who responded to a call to artists to create the work for Siegfried & Roy Park, located near the cross streets of Russell Road and Maryland Parkway at 5590 Wilbur St.

The sculpture is funded by the Clark County percent for the arts program. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was released in 2014 and a review panel selected Littlejohn's proposal, which references Las Vegas's atomic history and probes the mathematic, historical and aesthetic appeal of the spiral. The artwork has been in development for two years, from structural engineering to carving to casting. The sculpture will not be dedicated until after the park's construction is completed in December 2016. Around the artwork the landscaping will be undulating as if waves emanate from its core. Clark County broke ground on the 20-acre park in October 2014. The park will include a walking path, two tennis courts, a splash pad and a range of playground equipment suitable for toddlers through pre-teens. Clark County's Department of Aviation is developing the park as the final project in the Terminal 3 expansion.