‘Arcadia Earth’ aims to make climate education fun


LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – Valentino Vettori recalls the moment he faced a choice that would forever change the course of his life.

As an artist working in fashion, the industry was a way for him to express himself and tell stories.

“Many years ago I organized an event and it lasted for a week. And I created 14 garbage trucks,” he said. “I looked at him and realized that I am a pollution.”

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Fashion was more than a creative outlet, however. This is how Vettori supported his family. But at that point, he says he realized that his work was putting their future in jeopardy as well.

“So I left.”

He decided to refocus his talents. Collaborating with other artists, Vettori founded and designed “Arcadia Earth”.

“Arcadia Earth”: capture the moment, share with your friends

“Arcadia Earth” is an interactive art experience that spans 15 rooms, each with different themes and ways of engaging.

The exhibit first opened in New York City, and now Vettori is bringing “Arcadia Earth” to the Showcase Mall on the Las Vegas Strip.

It was slated to open on January 7, 2022, but due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, a representative said the opening has been temporarily delayed. No new opening date has been announced at this time, but we’ll be sure to update the story when that information becomes available.

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“Arcadia Earth” is opening soon on the Las Vegas Strip. (Amy Abdelsayed, 13 years old Action News)

“The mission is to inspire, inform and activate anyone interested in climate change,” Vettori explained.

Sometimes you will find augmented reality, virtual reality, reused materials, map projections, and even scent stations.

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Recycled children’s clothing is used to create renditions of animal carcasses in “Arcadia Earth,” as seen on January 3, 2022. (Amy Abdelsayed, 13 Action News)
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An olfactory station in “Arcadia Earth” as seen on January 3, 2022. The aroma inside the glass is meant to bring back memories of rain when it hits concrete. (Amy Abdelsayed, 13 years old Action News)

Vettori says he wanted to design a space where people can create memories and experiences that they can capture and share with friends.

He uses art and technology to activate the senses and do what he does best, tell a story.

“We’re talking about climate change in a positive way, where it’s no longer terrifying, but it’s fun,” he said.

Opportunities to act

At the end of each room, you’ll find a monitor with information about the artists and the sinister facts that inspired their work.

The Rainbow Cave, for example, is made up of 60,000 recycled plastic bags.

Vettori says it’s a fraction of what we use in the world, not every day, every hour or even every minute, every second.

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The Rainbow Cave at “Arcadia Earth” is made up of 60,000 recycled plastic bags. This is a photograph of the installation in New York. (Arcadia Earth / David Mitchell)
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QR codes on “Arcadia Earth” allow viewers to learn more about actions they can take to make a difference. (Amy Abdelsayed, 13 years old Action News)

It’s not all bad news though, you will also find steps you can take to make a difference on monitors.

“Every day, small changes can have an impact,” he said. “Each piece highlights a challenge, but it also gives you the opportunity to make a change.”

Leading the way in Las Vegas

Vettori is thrilled to bring the exhibit to Las Vegas, in part because of our curatorial efforts.

“We were really fascinated with what we found, sitting in the middle of the desert,” he said.

And he’s right. Las Vegas is a leader in water conservation.

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Pages from recycled library books turn a room in “Arcadia Earth” into a giant beehive. (Amy Abdelsayed, 13 years old Action News)

40% of the water we use is pumped directly into Lake Mead, our largest water source, and we continue to take steps to reduce our water footprint.

Around the same time last year, a measure was passed to ban non-functional grass – such as in office parks and street medians – which officials say is a huge waste of water. .

Just for perspective, the Bellagio fountains consume less of the Colorado River than the Dunes golf course that was there in the past.

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“I found these things very important to enjoying Vegas as a new home.”

Yet water conservation is an ongoing endeavor.

This year, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico will suffer their first-ever mandatory cuts amid a federally declared water shortage. The hope is to prevent Lake Mead from falling to 1,020 feet.

As of January 8, the water level in Lake Mead was 1,066.61.

And at “Arcadia Earth”, water conservation is just one chapter in a much bigger story. A story which, says Vettori, must be told.

“We spend entire days on a cell phone sharing, sometimes, nonsense. Well, maybe we could take a moment to start sharing something important,” he said.

“It’s probably one of the best things we can do around the house without any effort.”

Learn more at arcadia-earth.com.

The Showcase Mall is located on the Las Vegas Strip at 3785 Las Vegas Boulevard South, across from MGM Park. The entrance is near M&M World next to Adidas.

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