Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Seven Magic Mountains Art Installation

  Blocks of rock, painted flourescent colors, and stacked on top of each other are not an expected sight in the desert west of Nevada and yet here they are! The artwork is scheduled to be disassembled in the spring of 2018 so get out there soon if you want to see it.

  A rough, sandy path leads to the rocks so most wheelchair users will need to have help. It can also be viewed from the parking area.

 The parking area is large enough for RVs.  Art   35.84013, -115.27077



  1. It must be fairly new. Do you know who made this art and why these fluorescent rocks were stuck in the middle of the desert (not too far from Jean)? Very weird, something of a tourist attraction, I bet.

    1. According to the website:
      "Renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s colorful large-scale, public artwork Seven Magic Mountains is a two-year exhibition located in the desert outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, featuring seven thirty to thirty-five-foot high dayglow totems comprised of painted, locally-sourced boulders.

      Visible across the desert landscape along Interstate 15, Seven Magic Mountains offers a creative critique of the simulacra of destinations like Las Vegas. According to Rondinone, the location is physically and symbolically mid-way between the natural and the artificial: the natural is expressed by the mountain ranges, desert, and Jean Dry Lake backdrop, and the artificial is expressed by the highway and the constant flow of traffic between Los Angeles and Las Vegas." Click the Art link in the post if you want to read more.

      Yes, it is weird! We were just driving along, spotted it, and had to stop. Lots of other people there. I'm not sure how they found out about it.