Seven Magic Mountains brings happiness to the desert and peopleNalynn Dolan Caine ▼ | July 8, 2020
The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do? said Pablo Picasso and his words today make more sense than ever. This summer, enjoy the outdoor art installations across the U.S. and bring some sense to life.
Nevada A large scale desert artwork
Located near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15, approximately ten miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada, stands Seven Magic Mountains, a large-scale site-specific public art installation that punctuates the Mojave with a poetic burst of form and color.
It took four years and $3.5 million to Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, to build it but today Seven Magic Mountains stands majestically just a short drive south from the Las Vegas strip to make people smile and happy.
Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains consists of limestone boulders stacked vertically in groups ranging between three and six. Each stone boasts a different fluorescent color, each individual totem stands between thirty and thirty-five feet high breaking up the dull desert floor. The installation is a "creative expression of human presence in the desert."
At the end of 2018, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a permit extension for the artwork to remain on view through the end of 2021. Seven Magic Mountains is a playful delight and a go-to, indeed. ■