Seven Magic Mountains: Art in the Desert
If you plan a trip to Vegas, add Seven Magic Mountains to your list. This is an excellent activity if you find yourself looking to get off the strip for a bit to try something different. If you are into Art, then this is a must.
You will either need a car or you can Uber there. From the Las Vegas Strip, it is about a 25-30 minute drive, and the Uber will cost about 30 dollars each way. Seven Magic Mountains is basically a large scale public art installation along the interstate 15. I’m a big fan of public art so this installation was on the top of my list.
It’s very surreal going into the middle of the desert with nothing but open space and then BAM, you see the bright installation against the desert backdrop. To top it all off, the installation seems to glow in the sun. The exhibit was created by Internationally renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. It is comprised of seven colourful towers that resemble totem poles. Each tower consists of stacked boulders standing more than thirty feet tall. It is said that the installation is meant to critique the superficial nature of tourist destinations such as 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.
I hope you enjoy the shots below – they don’t do the art justice. The exhibit was initially slated to exist for only two years so you should go check it out while you have the chance. I’m wearing a Vuarnet France Heritage Tee which was recently brought back into production. This brand was a big deal back in the day so I was super excited to see they created a throwback collection. You can purchase this tee online at www.vuarnet.ca. Vuarnet was kind enough to send me one to model.