The exquisite theatrical production debuted exclusively at Bellagio on October 15, 1998, entertaining more than 16.3 million guests from around the world over two decades.
Inspired by the water-themed show, the chocolate sculpture weaves artistry, surrealism and romance together to symbolize the beauty of theater, bringing to life a breathtaking vision that reflects the award-winning spectacle. The delectable sculpture will be on display at Bellagio Patisserie through Chinese New Year.
– Chocolate Sculpture
- The sculpture took approximately 170 hours over four weeks to complete by two of Bellagio’s pastry chefs.
- The sculpture weighs approx. 70 lbs. and is just under 6 ft. tall.
- Two different chocolates, white chocolate for the Zebra and dark chocolate for the “O,” were used to create the sculpture.
- The majority of the chocolate came from South America, one of the top cocoa producers in the world.
- Nearly 55 lbs. of sugar was used to create the “pool” of water.
- To sustain the “pool” and to protect the sculpture from humidity while on display, a coat of gum paste was used to seal it.
- The stripes of the Zebra were painted by hand and took approximately 20 hours to complete.
– “O” by Cirque du Soleil
- The production’s title, “O,” was derived from the pronunciation of “eau,” the French word for water.
- “O” was inspired by the concept of infinity and the elegance of water’s pure form. “O” pays tribute to the beauty of performance and the theater.
- The cast of “O” features 77 performers that represent 21 countries around the world.
- “O” has the most Olympic athletes of any Cirque du Soleil show including a Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist.
- The actual “O” water pool is 25 feet deep and holds 1.5 million gallons of water.
Photo Credit: Al Powers for Bellagio
About Bellagio Patisserie
Bellagio Patisserie is a European-style pastry shop specializing in cakes, crepes, sandwiches, pastries, coffee, freshly squeezed juices and a variety of gelato, sorbets, and chocolates. Its signature feature is a glass-enclosed, floor-to-ceiling chocolate fountain—one of the largest in the world. The venue is open Monday to Thursday from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Friday to Sunday from 6 a.m. to midnight.