Artist Desi Santiago's Casino Diabolique Is Headed to the W Hotel

by Abby Schreiber

Starting Friday night, the W Hotel on Lexington Ave. (541 Lexington Ave.) will be home to Casino Diabolique, a new site-specific art installation dreamed up by artist (and Creative Director at Paper's sister company, Extra Extra), Desi Santiago. The casino, which is the first art piece the W Hotel has commissioned, will feature a multi-sensory experience combining light displays by nightlife maestro Seva Granik, scents created by Tomas Delucia of The Sense Society, a soundtrack composed by Azari & III and casino games like The Zodiac Wheel, The Pendulum, Black Jack along with a tarot card reader. Attendees will also have the opportunity to leave with prizes such as free cocktails, Bliss spa treatments or a stay at the forthcoming W Verbier. If you go, make sure to give the performers' costumes a once-over -- we hear they were designed by white-hot luxury streetwear brand Hood By Air.

Casino Diabolique is open from November 15-17, 8-10pm; to book a visit, go HERE.

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