IN THE DESERT IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LIES “MIRAGE”, THE INSTALLATION FROM AMERICAN ARTIST DOUG AITKEN. INSPIRED BY THE ARCHITECTURE OF RANCHES, A TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION THAT WAS VERY POPULAR IN THE 1920S, HE COVERED THE BUILDING’S SURFACE WITH MIRRORS, CREATING AN EVER-CHANGING WORK OF ART.
‘Mirage’ overturns the relationship between the space and the object, as the architecture exists as a function of the landscape. The doors, the walls, the windows have been removed to create a single, harmonious space. The mirrored surfaces compose a kaleidoscope of images creating a continuous contrast between the subject and the object, the inside and the outside. The mirrored frames are constantly evolving, they adjust to the day and night hours, shaping reality that therefore becomes unique and subjective. No fixed perspective, only moving reflections.
Photo courtesy Jason Norton