The members of the Project on Vegas are Stacy M. Jameson, Instructor of Film/Media at the University of Rhode Island; Karen Klugman, photographer and Chair of the Art Department at the Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut; Jane Kuenz, Associate Professor of English at the University of Southern Maine; and Susan Willis, Associate Professor of Literature at Duke University.
Nature in Vegas: Cultivating the Brand
Nature on the Las Vegas Strip is constructed and themed to match the socioeconomics of the clientele of the various hotel-casinos. Design decisions such as whether to use artificial plants or real plants and whether to display nature as imperfect or flawless are taken to the extreme in Las Vegas, where the ability to create believable simulacra of natural forms tests our ability to distinguish the real from the fake. Newer hotel-casinos have responded to a more global and upscale clientele by foregoing corporeal nature in favor of technological displays that convey the idea of nature and artistic creations that recognize environmental issues.