Spring Blossoms in Las Vegas

Spring is upon us and with it a sense of renewal and hope. Square Peg Design (SQPEG) was retained by HKS and Brookfield Properties to help create a focal point for the refreshed Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. The Wishing Tree is a 20-foot-tall painted cast bronze tree clad with over 3,400 waterjet-cut, laser-engraved brass leaves that add a glittering canopy to what is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind sculpture. Thirty colored cast glass birds from a New Zealand artist adorn the tree, adding a light decorative touch of personality and whimsy to what is an ever-changing, dynamic experience. We also designed a soundscape for the tree that makes it come alive with the sounds of birds chirping, alighting on the branches, or taking flight. This event occurs every hour on the hour, turning the tree into a clock, complete with all the sounds of a lush riparian environment; wind through leaves, dry grass, and a running stream. Dynamic illumination cues draw visitors from the surrounding casino into the retail area for a relaxing, contemplative moment.

Twigs to Tree

The process for bringing The Wishing Tree to life was a mixture of old and new technologies. Working with Gizmo Art Production, a specialty fabricator, a 3D model was created and then virtually cut into sections. These sections were then individually 3D printed and used to create molds for casting the tree in bronze. After the parts were cast, they were welded together, ground smooth, and given a custom iridescent paint finish—a soft, warm white that reflects ambient light and adds a subtle sparkle to the whole composition. The tree was finally shipped to The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian, assembled on-site, clad with leaves, and adorned with birds. The results have been fully embraced by the public, and The Wishing Tree is a popular Las Vegas spot to meet, gather and relax.

New Faces and Places!

This year saw the opening of our Denver office and in Dallas, things are happening! We’ve moved into a larger space within One Arts Plaza in the Dallas Arts District and we’ve expanded our team to include Ginger Grossman, who will be managing our marketing efforts and making sure we’re keeping up with you. We hope to see you soon! In the meantime, have you checked us out online? Look for more updates and exciting news on our social channels!

New and Notable

New signage and wayfinding engagements and completed projects: • The Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, CA • The Village, Dallas, TX • Disney’s Riviera Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL • State and Family Justice Courts, Singapore • South Beach Development, Singapore • Mall of Marrakech, Morocco

Lastly, a heartfelt thank you.

We are grateful to everyone making this challenging time safer for us all. While our offices, like yours, have temporarily moved to a desk in a bedroom, a dining room table, or a picnic table in the sunshine, we are open for business. From Oakland to Singapore, Dubai, and back again, we are continuing to provide the highest degree of continuity and progress on all projects near and far. Please reach out and contact us, we’d love to hear from you. In the meantime, stay healthy, productive, and safe.