Elaine & stacked rocks...
May 2, 2016
|It was a lovely drive home from Riverside, California yesterday after enjoying a nice afternoon with sister Elaine & her hubby Don. They prepared a nice lunch of shrimp, mahi mahi, chicken, veggies, salad etc all on our current diet. Very sweet, thank you so much guys! Elaine has lost 25+ pounds & is looking great :)
A storm really tried to brew as we traveled through the Cajon Pass northbound but never materialized. There were clouds of every shape, size & color imaginable, which of course I love! A rainbow tried to appear but never fully, just the lower right corner occasionally popping out. Traffic was light headed our direction but quite heavy heading out of Vegas toward California. Glad we weren't traveling that direction! We were almost home when we saw it!
A new, larger-than-life public art installation adding some vibrant color to the otherwise drab desert near Las Vegas. The art consists of seven mammoth pillars, weighing between 20 & 24 tons, each between 30 and 35 feet tall, of brightly-colored limestone boulders. The artwork was five years in the making, cost $3.5 million, and was privately funded. The art project, by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, officially opens May 11, 2016. How do I know this? I Googled it of course!
Seven Magic Mountains will be on display for two years. It is located about 20 minutes from the southernmost tip of the Las Vegas Strip. It’s set back from the I-15 quite a bit, but easily accessible from Las Vegas Boulevard. Yes, Las Vegas Boulevard runs far, far south, parallel to the I-15.
The location of Seven Magic Mountains is most often described as being in Jean, Nevada, but if you are driving from The Strip, you need to exit much earlier than the Jean exit. Take the exit for M Resort, then drive south 10 miles on Las Vegas Boulevard.
If you are driving from California on the I-15, you need to take the Jean exit, about 10 miles before you can even see the sculptures.
Once you near the art, there’s a pull-out and parking area. Nothing fancy and no pavement. There’s a path that’s been marked by little red flags. It’s unlikely the path will be paved, so you are on your own. There are no restrooms, there’s no bar & there are no food vendors or kiosks. So I would take water & snacks if you plan to roam through the desert a bit!
As artists are sometimes forced to do, Ugo Rondinone has tried to explain in human language the intent of his work. He says, “Seven Magic Mountains elicits continuities and solidarities between human and nature, artificial and natural, then and now.
Seven Magic Mountains is a clever take on a practice that’s taken off in recent years, rock stacking or balancing. It’s part art, part discipline, and its practitioners say rock balancing has a calming effect.
Beyond its scale, Seven Magic Mountains differs from traditional rock balancing in that it uses an inner support structure, presumably to help it withstand the desert’s high winds.
What Seven Magic Mountains does have in common with rock balancing is it is almost certain to spark controversy. Many say they want to experience nature in its “undisturbed state.” Those who dislike rock balancing are pretty much guaranteed to have their heads explode at the sight of the fluorescent Seven Magic Mountains.
What do you think? Visionary or absurd? Garish or glorious? I predict plenty of brightly colored graffiti very soon. Hope not! In the meantime, you might want to take the short drive out, your kids or grandchildren will most likely think it is pretty cool:)