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By Ugo Rondinone, Seven 30-Foot-Tall Dayglow Totems Were Set Up in the Desert.

Seven stacks of vividly coloured stones may be seen in the middle of the desert, just south of Las Vegas. Depending on how you look at them, you might think they are in a line or a cluster. While the buildings appear to be arranged in a single large mass from one side, they perfectly line up in a row from the other. The “Seven Magic Mountains,” created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, resemble cairns and are between 30 and 35 feet tall. Each one has three to six human-sized masses made entirely of locally-sourced limestone that have all been painted in a variety of dayglow colours.

The stacked shapes are designed to have a dual appearance of stability and impending collapse, reflecting their dual character as both natural and man-made. According to Rondinone, “Seven Magic Mountains is an artwork of thresholds and crossings, isolation and gathering, balanced wonders and excessive hues, and the opposing air between the desert and the city lights.” Between the man-made and the natural, Seven Magic Mountains “elicits continuities and solidarities.”

The Nevada Museum of Art in Reno and the Art Production Fund in New York collaborated to create the site-specific piece. Beginning in May 2016, the massive work of land art will be on display for two years. (Source: Juxtapoz

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