|Description of sign(s)|
1. Name: Treasure Island at the Mirage
2. Owner: MGM Mirage
3. Address: 3300 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
3b. Additional Site Details: Next to the Mirage, this property compements its sister property
4. Condition: Structure 5 Surface 5 Lighting 5
Notes: Signage is in good condition
5. Form: plyon, fasica, porte cochere
6. Specfic Description: The Treasure Island Hotel and Casino
sits between the Mirage and Spring Mountain road. Fitting right
into the themed hotel resort genre that dominates this side of the
strip, the Treasure Island provides one of the more unique facades.
Just past the bust of Siegfried and Roy, the dense foliage and trees
continue on almost fluently between properties. The first elements
you see headed north is the giant sculpted pylon for the resort,
set beside a sweeping incline drive, leading to the porte- cohere.
The pylon is a collection a heavily crafted and sculpted elements,
creating a framework for two message cabinets and a marquee banner
on either side. At the base, steel poles exit the ground in a "V"
shape, into the interior of the area designated for the LCD and
backlit cabinets. Steel poles forma grid work between the "V"
shape. The message boards are bordered by steel piles made to appear
as if they are pieces of bamboo lashed together at the corners,
extending past the joints in an irregular fashion. Two base poles
and inner grid are finished in the same fashion. Above the message
cabinet a three-dimensional sculpted crows nest sits just below
a giant skull adorned with a scarf. The tip of the bottom of green
finished crows nest just reaches the top of the two cabinets. The
fully three dimensional skull is finished in a realistic fashion.
Two giant swords cross each other in an X pattern behind the crow's
nest and underneath the skull. The resultant effect is the pirate
emblem of the "skull and cross bones" or "jolly roger."
The hilts of the two swords come to rest on top of the message centers
also. A gridwork of false bamboo poles can be seen , providing a
buffer between the two halves of the sign. Above the head of the
pirate an arched steel cabinet ,creates a banner, which reads "Treasure
Island" in white channel letters and filled with incandescent
bulbs. Decorative scrollwork adorns the top of the banner as well
as the two sides of the skull.
7. Type of Display: neon, incandescent, backlit
8. Media: steel, plastic
9. Non-neon treatments: graphics, paint
10. Animation: oscillating
Notes: The only animation present is in the channel letters themselves. The incandescent bulbs on the interiors oscillate wildly
11. Environment: The front spectacular of the pirate show truly creates the theme of the pirate island, and is where most of the pedestrian traffic for the hotel is present. The pylon is just south of the spectacular, towering high overhead. The Treasure Island's environment is abruptly halted by Spring Mtn. road but at the same time, it also wraps the corner of the hotel, and continues west. It is the bookend piece to the other major MGM resorts, which reside south of the Treasure Island. Even though it is a smaller child of the bigger properties, it still looms as a giant to its neighbors the Vagabond and Tam O'Shanter
1. Manufacturer: Atlandia Design
2. Designer: unkn
3. Date of Installation: 1993
4. Date(s) of any major redesign/move: n/a
5. Thematic Influence: The theme of the Treasure Island is painfully apparent, from its name to its live pirate show. The signage truly reflects it as well. Treasure Island is definitely in the class of properties, which can be called a themed resort. The main pylon looks to be constructed out pieces of a wrecked ship, with the most commonly seen symbol for a pirate, in the Jolly Roger skull, being the most impactful piece up there. Steel beams are finished to look like wooden masts, and giant ropes, slinging the entire sign together. It utilizes the three dimensional aspects, yet retains the design of a pylon. Unlike its neighbor to the south the mirage, the Treasure islands theme encompasses the main pylon, with the exception of the pylon in the rear of the property. The surroundings, which provide the background for the pylon, as well as the environment for the property, reflect them as well. The landscaping boasts tropical plants emitting false bird noises, which stretch around to the face of the property, where the pirate village and ships reside in cold waters, and faux cliffs. The wooden planks resembling pier docks, provide a tidy border for the arena and spectators. The theme has been seen before in one sense or related from a slight distance. None has actually utilized the name of the novel, and been so garish with the pirate theme, but it can be tied to propertied that are more island, and paradise themed. Such properties include the Mirage, the Tropicana, and the Castaways.
6. Artistic Significance: n/a
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