Today’s #FridayFieldTrip was a quick drive out to see the Seven Magic Mountains, an installation art piece by Ugo Rondinone. Here’s some info:
From the website: “Seven Magic Mountains, a two-year public art installation, is located approximately 10 miles south of the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and St. Rose Parkway in Henderson, Nevada. The installation site is a short distance from legendary Jean Dry Lake where Michael Heizer and Jean Tinquely created significant sculptures in the 1960s.
“Internationally renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains is a large-scale site-specific public art installation located near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15, approximately ten miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada. Comprised of seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders standing more than thirty feet high, Seven Magic Mountains is situated within the Ivanpah Valley adjacent to Sheep Mountain and the McCullough, Bird Spring, and Goodsprings ranges of mountains. A creative expression of human presence in the desert, Seven Magic Mountains punctuates the Mojave with a poetic burst of form and color. The exhibition opened May 11, 2016 and will be on view for two years.”
There’s an ongoing debate among the locals about whether this is art, why the rocks weren’t left natural (they’re painted harsh, elemental, nearly neon colors), and whether such things deserve public funding. My opinion: I think it’s great. Ugo does cool stuff around the world, all of it a bit wacky. And, why not? I wasn’t there long, about 30 minutes, but in that short time on a Friday afternoon, nearly a hundred people visited the site. People were talking and laughing and taking pictures and selfies. Even the few young visitors there touched the rocks and looked up in wonder.
They remind me of stacked marshmallows. And, they’re huge. Size is deceptive in the vast desert, so they don’t look so big until you’re standing under them and walking among them.
While out there, I drove the main road through the Jean Dry Lake Beds. Careful if you follow that path. There were lots of folks with guns practice shooting at targets and the few signs in the area are peppered with gun holes. I really don’t get people…