A Colorful Addition to the Nevada Desert
After nearly five years, it was finally time to unmask acclaimed Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s latest public art installation. Seven Magic Mountains is a large-scale, brightly-colored sculpture located in the Nevada desert outside Las Vegas and presented by the Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art. The piece is composed of locally sourced limestone boulders stacked vertically in groups of three to six, 35 feet into the desert sky. The piece will be on view for two years as of May 11.
The seven towering totems in all their fluorescent glory can be spotted along the horizon for miles and offer significant contrast to the earth tones that serve as their canvas.
If you’re looking to visit the Seven Magic Mountains, the public artwork is located at the far southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard along Interstate 15, situated within the Ivanpah Valley and surrounded by mountains.
According to Artnet News:
“The work continues Rondinone’s fascination with natural phenomena and reformulating it in art. The work ‘elicits continuities and solidarities between human and nature, artificial and natural, then and now, according to a statement from the artist.”
Seven Magic Mountains is one of the largest land-based art installations in the U.S. completed in over 40 years. It is also located in the same location where Jean Tinquely and Michael Heizer created renowned sculptures. The drive down the interstate is well worth the travel to marvel at this astounding creation.
Photo: Seven Magic Mountains, Ugo Rondinone. Photo courtesy of sevenmagicmountains.com.