WYNN LAS VEGAS – WAZUZU – Installation Video

90,000 crystals. Our animation for the Wazuzu restaurant at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas offers a dreamlike deconstruction of the design of the restaurant replete with orchids, golden pears, and a sea of fans.  The restaurant also features an extraordinary 27 foot dragon sculpture fashioned from tens of thousands of individual crystals, which we wanted to bring to life.

To do that, our artists modeled and rigged a CG version of the creature to match the sculpture and then developed a shader system that would let us approximate the look of crystal without actually rendering 90k refracting objects. Our animation team had a lot of fun lending character to the dragon’s performance as she sinuously winds her way through the restaurant to her crimson perch on the wall.