LOOKING AT THE TOWERING INSTALLATIONS UP CLOSE, EACH STANDING IN AN ELEGANT BALANCE AND SURPRISINGLY IN HARMONY WITHIN THE MIDST OF SUCH UNTOUCHED BEAUTY, ONE CAN’T HELP BUT DRIFT INTO A MEDITATIVE STATE.
It’s no mirage – Joining the legacy of Land Art, the movement that originated in the Silver State 40 years ago, Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone further explores his extensive interest in natural phenomena and their reformulation in art while colliding the worlds of romanticism, existentialism and minimalism with a large-scale public artwork consisting of seven totems and composed of gargantuan locally-sourced stones in the heart of the Ivanpah Valley.
“Seven Magic Mountains elicits continuities and solidarities between human and nature, artificial and natural, then and now”, said the artist in a statement.
On view ‘till May 2018, Seven Magic Mountains – which took nearly five years to complete – defies gravity with its natural hoodoo-shaped forms while evoking monumentality and collapse surrounded by mountains (each individual totem stands between thirty and thirty-five feet high). Cobalt blue, bubble gum pink, bright orange and yellow: these are some of the pigments that take center stage on the southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard along Interstate 15, almost half an hour from downtown Sin City. The project of mammoth magnitude is also located near Nevada’s Jean Dry Lake, a short distance from the now legendary Jean Tinquely and Michael Heizer sculptures.