On a recent trip to Las Vegas, my girlfriend and I had coordinated to meet some friends at a location approximately ten miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada. A large scale site specific public art installation located near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15. 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. Created by Internationally renowned Swiss artist Ugo Tondinone, it stands as a creative expression of human presence in the desert. It punctuates the Mojave with a poetic burst of form and color.
Seeing the seven stacks of colorful boulders up close is something else. The stacked colorful boulders are really set off by the massive tan valley and blue skies. They become ever more massive as we walked closer and closer to the art installation. The stones had to be at least ten feet tall, and standing up against one of the varied colors around we were able to get a few nice portraits.
The exhibition opened May 11, 2016 and was originally scheduled to be on view for two years. Due to the increased success of Seven Magic Mountains since its opening, artist Ugo Rondinone has expressed a strong desire to explore ways to keep the artwork on view at its cutest site. The Producers are cuttingly working on an extension plan that would enable the art installation to remain on view for several years into the future. While the plan progresses, you can expect at a minimum, the installation will remain on view through the end of 2018.