MGM National Harbor Celebrates Year of the Ox with New Conservatory Display and Activations
MGM National Harbor’s Conservatory
The resort’s new conservatory celebrates The Year of the Ox with a wish for prosperity and luck to all who visit. Bringing the display to life were designers Cory Pope and Le Savarese of SolarLife Technologies and a Feng Shui master who ensured the positive flow of energy throughout the conservatory. "The beauty of an exhibit like this isn’t only what we can create visually, but rather how we make guests feel when they walk into the space. We hope they get a sense of the authenticity that exudes from our use of art, design and imagination,” said Savarese.
Bathed in elaborate hues of red, gold, yellow and orange, the display features three pods, each highlighted by a monumental centerpiece:
· The Golden Ox. In the first pod, a golden multi-faceted ox measuring six feet tall and 10 feet long stands atop an oversized jade rock. Complementing the ox, a large peony sculpture embellished with gold leaf sits nearby. Rising in the corner is a beautiful 22-foot-tall red Chinese lantern with a golden-tiled roof. The lantern’s exterior is made of red silk panels adorned with dragons and koi fish. At night, the lantern lights up to reveal a fresh aesthetic of the beautiful silk artwork.
· The Money Tree. Seemingly growing from the second pod is a 26-foot-tall hand-carved money tree bedecked with over 260 gold coins. The coins – each measuring two feet in diameter – are woven together with red rope to create 44 distinctive gold-coin branches with a red tassel accent. A fixture in Chinese lore, the money tree is said to symbolize affluence and nobility and bring fortune to the people. Beside the tree, a red wooden arched bridge overlooks a brook with five-foot-long koi fish composed of 985 carnations. The koi fish has a powerful and energetic life force, symbolizing perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose.
· The Chinese Princess. Awaiting guests in the third pod, a beautiful Chinese princess stands upon a jade rock wearing an ornate gown made of 2,300 pavé roses. Beneath her feet flows a small waterfall, giving life to a bed of verdant greens. Three Chinese fans, measuring six-, nine- and 12-feet wide, are placed throughout the space, a celebration of simple elegance.
Above each pod hangs a series of six gold-leaf coins with flowing red tassels, and eight large red lanterns adorned with traditional red fireworks. The coins measure five feet in diameter and are held together on a red cord stretching 34 feet high.
· Ginger – MGM National Harbor’s signature pan-Asian restaurant is offering a special Lunar New Year menu now through February 16. Guests can enjoy braised abalone, crispy golden pig feet, crispy garlic chicken and more. Lunar New Year guests also can be amongst the first to try Ginger’s Sichuan Dan-Dan Noodle with Ground Pork, a preview to the resort’s Noodle Bar by Ginger, which will debut on the casino floor in the coming weeks and offer homestyle noodle soups from throughout Asia. Click here to see Ginger’s full Lunar New Year menu.
· The Year of the Ox at Bellagio Patisserie. Guests can celebrate Lunar New Year by purchasing the Patisserie’s festive and flavorful Year of the Ox chocolate sculpture. The edible work of art is priced at $30 and is a delicious way to celebrate this fortune-filled occasion.
· Lucky Money Kiosk Game – On February 21 from 8 a.m. – 11:30 p.m., guests can earn 50 slot points or 400 tier credits to play in the Money Tree Celebration Kiosk Game at any Rewards Kiosk. They can win up to $88 in FREEPLAY® or have a chance to pull cash from the money tree with a top prize of $8,888 in cash.
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Located in an unrivaled setting, MGM National Harbor offers stunning panoramic views of the eastern shore of the Potomac River in Maryland. The $1.4 billion LEED® Gold Certified resort sits a short distance from Washington, D.C. to the north and historic sites, including George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate across the river in Virginia. The 24-story, 308-room resort features premier amenities and experiences for locals as well as visitors from around the world including a dynamic two-level casino with over 160,000 square feet of space that includes slots, table games and poker; a world-class spa and salon; an entertainment theater with flexible seating for up to 3,000; high- end branded retail; 50,000 square feet of meeting space; and restaurants from renowned local, national, and international chefs. MGM National Harbor is owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information, visit mgmnationalharbor.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter.
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