About the Project
Following his first visit to Las Vegas, Turkish artist Haluk Akakçe imagined the infamous city as a kind of electric painting emerging from the evening desert. This vision informed Sky is the Limit, which was screened in 2006 on the Viva Vision canopy screen—the largest video screen in the world. Akakçe created the piece, which simulated an electronic sky, as a reflection of Las Vegas’s unique colors, rhythm and pace.
Appropriately, Sky is the Limit also referenced the seemingly unlimited promise of gambling to change destiny, as the work’s narrative peaked in an ecstatic moment, evocative of the euphoria of winning. Offering relief from time, almost a parallel world, Sky is the Limit fit perfectly in the mirage that is Las Vegas.
Photograph by David Lancaster
Sky is the Limit