A Dramatic Entrance...
above: the main stairs were adorned with blinking glow-sticks that illuminated the railings. At the top of the stairs were colorful spotlights shining into the desert sky.
above: As I stepped into the main lobby of the museum, it had been transformed into a sort of fantasy garden. Fresh flowers surrounded the normal "pup sculpture" as if it were romping through a field of Gerber daises.
above: Stilt walkers dressed in African costumes danced and greeted guests while a steel-drum band played in the background.
above: Whimsical characters were meandering and interacting with guests; I paused for this photo- note that the marionette guy is on stilts with fake puppet legs...
above: The African stilt dancers were having all sorts of fun and made the atmosphere seem so fun.
above: the tall giant sunflowers were spinning to the beat of the music. Note the light effect on the wall behind the band. That is the normal wall in the museum, I think its lava rock or something like that. I've always admired it even without the dramatic lights.
above: The belly-bar tables were scattered throughout the museum, yet safely away from any art installations. They had "drink drop" stations to leave your drink and meander through the galleries.
above: "Living statues" such as this one above were positioned on platforms among the guests, and moved ever-so-slowly. She looked like a marble statue, until she moved! The appetizer buffet tables had tall bouquets of flowers.
above: The dining area had been closed off, hidden from guests until the precise moment of its unveiling. One of the normal galleries had been transformed into a bright flower garden; with "trees" on each table, surrounded by walls with projections of flowers, purple mountains, Lily ponds and graceful trees. Overhead, there were soft sounds of birds and crickets chirping, creating a full effect of sitting in an outdoor garden for dinner. It was truly spectacular.
above: Using the flash, you can see the "tree" on each table.
above: The dinner tables were beautifully set, with amazing arrangements of fresh tulips and wildflowers. Dinner started with martini-glasses filled with fresh chopped salad, followed by an osso bucco entrée.