For Mike Winkelmann, the future of Las Vegas is bright and lined with fake, neon palm trees.
Blinking “Welcome to Las Vegas” signs shoot up from the ground. High-rises on the Strip seem to come alive, bending and corkscrewing like rectangular Rubik’s cubes. Flying cars aglow in blue neon zoom overhead.
Welcome to Winkelmann’s “Futuristic Playground,” a three-minute simulation of a high-tech, utopian Vegas that exists only in virtual reality, and which can only be visited with a pair of Samsung Gear VR goggles.
The Charleston, S.C., artist’s wonderland is part of the new virtual-reality exhibit “Vegas: Alter Your Reality,” featuring...