As our drivers criss-cross the United States transporting cars for our customers they encounter many beautiful and interesting sights. If you’re traveling down the I-15 outside Las Vegas, you’ll happen upon this one: the Seven Magic Mountains art installation.
Seven Magic Mountains is the brainchild of Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. Rondine was born 1964 in Brunnen, Switzerland, and now lives and works in New York. He makes art across an array of media, ranging from two-dimensional paintings to wax sculptures, and installations on the scale of landscape, such as Seven Magic Mountains, a two-year exhibition located in the desert outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. The Seven Magic Mountains features seven thirty to thirty-five-foot high dayglow totems made up of painted, locally-sourced boulders.
“Visible across the desert landscape along Interstate 15, Seven Magic Mountains offers a creative critique of the simulacra of destinations like Las Vegas. According to Rondinone, the location is physically and symbolically mid-way between the natural and the artificial: the natural is expressed by the mountain ranges, desert, and Jean Dry Lake backdrop, and the artificial is expressed by the highway and the constant flow of traffic between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.”
So if you’re traveling between LA and Las Vegas of the next couple years, stop off and check it out. The Seven Magic Mountains can be found at S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89054 or on the web.
Photo by Kevin Davis.