NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., (June 21, 2017) – The Conservatory at MGM National Harbor sets sail with its new “Summer on the Potomac” display, a floral tribute inspired by the DMV region featuring multiple nautical-inspired elements for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Envisioned by renowned designer Ed Libby, The Conservatory comes to life with an “Americana” theme and provincial attributes that allow guests to celebrate the staples of summer.
“Summer evokes so many memories and means something different to everyone based on where they live and what surrounds them,” said Libby. “I wanted to create something that offers a Patriotic vision for all of our guests no matter where they call home, while incorporating artistic ways to convey a celebration of life on the Potomac.”
Upon entering through the hotel lobby, guests will be mesmerized by hanging firework chandeliers, suspended 85 feet above The Conservatory. Each evening, from 9 p.m. to midnight, light dances off 80 pounds of glass glitter imported from Germany, forging a spectacle that resembles a celebratory light show, similar to annual Fourth of July celebrations synonymous with the Capital Region.
Below, on The Conservatory floor, two sailboats brace the Potomac River waves, entangled in a close race, as if approaching the finish line of the annual regatta. Authentic in their design, each schooner was modeled after the original 1938 Lightning sailboats. The masts, booms and spinnakers were taken from similar crafts and driven from Rochester, N.Y. by one of only two existing Lightning sailboat manufacturers in the country.
The first pod is home to “Lady Luck,” a 30-foot-long sailing vessel with a 40-foot-tall masthead and the American flag waving from atop the sail. Sculpted waves embrace the pod, as if the waters were parting ways, in complete respect of her gracefulness. The spinnaker balloons out front as if filled with air where the numbers “12816” become evident, commemorating the opening date of MGM National Harbor.
In the second pod, guests will find “Fortune and Fame,” another well-designed skiff, with a strong hull and sleek lines, perfect for racing conditions on the Potomac. On its starboard side rests a life preserver engraved in gold with the letters “DC,” and at the bow, a bold and colorful 12-foot-wide spinnaker welcomes the winds that propel it forward. Another American flag can be found atop “Fame’s” masthead, however, a stark difference can be found in the numbers stamped across the sail, which read “20745,” representing the zip code for Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Finally, in the third pod, sits a 24-foot-wide life preserver, comprised of blue and white flowers and embroidered with the recognizable MGM lion and resort name. The pod contains very distinct characteristics that include a 4-foot-by-8-foot Maryland state flag; beds of Black Eyed Susan’s, the state’s official flower; and a local delicacy known to the region, a topiary blue crab.
Each night as visitors snap photos under the dancing fireworks display, they will be entertained by the sounds of familiar American music, evoking childhood memories of summers past and summers to come.
For three decades, Ed Libby & Company Events has been designing majestic floral and crystal compositions for prominent recording artists, actors and companies across the United States and has created multiple installations for the annual Macy’s Flower Show in Herald Square. Libby and his team have designed all seasonal Conservatory displays at MGM National Harbor since the resort opened in December 2016 and they also design the Conservatory displays at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
The Conservatory at MGM National Harbor is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is complimentary to the public.
Display Fast Facts:
Display dates: June 19 – mid-September
Total flowers on display
Length: 30 feet
Width: 5.5 feet
Mast: 40 feet
Boom: 14 feet
Spinnaker: Height: 32 feet; Width: 12 feet
Sail: Height: 42 feet; Width: 14 feet
Height: 6 feet
Width: 9 feet
Height: 24 feet
Width: 6.5 feet
Diameter: 26 feet
Maryland Blue Crab
Height: 4 feet
Width: 6 feet