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Elevating the senses: Escalator at D Las Vegas features touch of Cirque

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Ron Sylvester

The new entry to the second floor vintage casino at the D Las Vegas was designed by former Cirque du Soleil producer Roger Parent.

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LED lights transform into shapes for people descending on the escalator to the first-floor casino at the D Las Vegas, March 6, 2013.

The newest production of former Cirque du Soleil producer Roger Parent frames an escalator well at a downtown Las Vegas casino.

Parent, who brought "Mystere" to Treasure Island, designed the visually striking new entry to the vintage casino on the second floor of the D Las Vegas.

The upstairs casino offers a variety of older coin slot machines, video poker and a restored Sigma Derby mechanical horse racing game. Parent used what he called a "virtual tapestry technology" with multiple LED screens flashing graphics for visitors as they travel up and down the escalators.

Ascending to the second floor, people see art of vintage slot machines and hear retro music. Stepping onto the escalator from the second floor, people should smile — a hidden camera takes their picture at the top. While descending, they see graphics of cards, rolling dice and smiling faces, leading down to the first-floor casino with new slots, table games and dancing dealers. At the landing, a screen shows the visitors' picture on the overhead screen.

Parent's other work includes the Centrifuge bar at the MGM Grand and the Eyecandy Sound Lounge at Mandalay Bay.

The escalator is part of renovations that began last year at the D. Other recent improvements on the second floor include new restrooms, Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse, the D Grill and a remodeled showroom with two new shows.

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