Pyramid, by Simpson

At some point the question arises at what moment iconography becomes literal citation or copying. What level of abstraction has to be maintained to not becoming again Post-Modern - as Charles Jencks conceives it – or even to not making copies of the original icon? I do not want to argue that citing and copying is a bad thing, but it is outside the focus of this blog.

The Luxor Pyramid in Las Vegas by the architect Veldon Simpson balances on the line of making a copy. The configuration of the pyramid with a Sphinx points at the copy. But when you look further it is a little more sophisticated than that. The Sphinx is not a ruin as the original in Egypt, but a scaled interpretation of it that looks almost too smooth. Without all the literal references to the Egypt theme of the hotel-casino the glass pyramid would be considered modern architecture. If stretch it a little bit; Foster could have made it.

The iconography of the building is not all inappropriate if one considers that it is located in a desert – Nevada – just as the pyramids in Egypt do.

The size of the pyramid is such that it houses a small castle in its interior.

As we have seen before, in the Netherlands Neutelings Riedijk build Sphinx Houses.

Veldon Simpson - Luxor Pyramid, Las Vegas 1 

Pyramid and Sphinx, Egypt 

Veldon Simpson - Luxor Pyramid, Las Vegas 2


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