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The art of Richard Macdonald presented by Cirque du Soleil

Monday, March 24, 2008

Sculpture Gallery in the "O" Theatre Lobby Now Open at Bellagio

The sculptures of Richard MacDonald featuring circus and performance artists are on exhibit and available for purchase in the newly redesigned “O” Theatre lobby at Bellagio.

The gallery is born out of a relationship between Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil , and Richard MacDonald, a master of figurative sculpture. MacDonald feels that he and Laliberté are “similar in life long creative goals.” His work focuses on the spectrum of performing life, capturing a fleeting moment in time and immortalizing the grace, strength, joy and discipline of dancers and acrobats. His work shares the creativity and imagination that fuels Cirque du Soleil and conveys MacDonald’s sense of energy and passion.

“The art of Richard MacDonald reveals the infinite beauty of the human body. The characters he creates are playing forever in the theatre of life,” says Laliberté.

Cirque du Soleil is presenting MacDonald’s works in an exclusive, permanent, fine art gallery at Bellagio. The “O” Theatre lobby has been transformed to showcase over 50 bronze sculptures along with serigraphs and lithographs. Bellagio, home to “O” and known for world class exhibitions of art, is the perfect location for the gallery.

The gallery is open to the public from 10 am – 1 am Wednesday through Sunday and from 10 am – 11 pm on Monday and Tuesday.

About Cirque du Soleil
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major international organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment.   Since its founding, Cirque du Soleil has thrilled over 70 million spectators in close to 200 cities on five continents. In Las Vegas , Cirque du Soleil has a privileged partnership with MGM MIRAGE to create and present unique and innovative productions.  In addition to “O”, Cirque du Soleil presents Mystère ® at Treasure Island, ZUMANITY™, The Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil at New York-New York, KÀ™ at MGM Grand and the show celebrating The Beatles™, LOVE™, at The Mirage. For more information, visit the Cirque du Soleil website at

About Richard MacDonald
Richard MacDonald has dedicated his life to creating works of art that reaffirm all that is best in humanity. MacDonald has achieved international distinction for his sculpture, paintings, and drawings, and has been the recipient of innumerable national and international awards . Celebrating realism and the expressive power of figurative sculpture, his work harnesses the sensuous physicality of humanity’s heroic spirit. His work has been exhibited worldwide including Japan , Korea , Italy , the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. and can be seen in galleries throughout the United States including Dawson Cole Fine Art with locations throughout California . For more information on the artist, visit