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Art Basel 2017: These virtual-reality exhibits will show you 'crazy things' | Video

Art Basel 2017: These virtual-reality exhibits will show you 'crazy things' | Video

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...

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