“Seven Magic Mountains”
Las Vegas is already a pretty wild city. But if you’re looking for something that’s less “showgirls-and-high-rollers” wild and more “I-never-knew-this-existed” wild, then you need only head 15 minutes out of the city and into the desert. There, near Dry Jean Lake, you can find Seven Magic Mountains. "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. With a cost of $3.5 million, but not $3.5 million in tax dollars. The Nevada Commission on Tourism kicked in $100,000, but that body is supposed to give away money to draw tourists, and that's a relatively small amount. It is just off I-15, the main route for travelers between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The rock stacks mimic stone cairns. Cairns were once used to mark the road for travelers making their way through unfamiliar and unsettled landscapes. What area remains more unexplored than the desert? While most land art blends into the landscape, the bright colors of Seven Magic Mountains makes it stick out. It’s like pop art-meets-land art.
Ugo Rondinone is an internationally-renowned artist. His works range from neon signs to paintings to eerily realistic life-sized clown figures, sitting slumped over on the floor of a gallery. All of his works mesh everyday experiences and objects with colorful, fantastical, and often-strange elements. Seven Magic Mountains is one of his first forays outside of a gallery and into land art." - https://chronicles.roadtrippers.com/seven-magic-mountains/ #travelingladyski#threeifbyski#thingstodoinlasvegas#roadtrippinusa#wanderingtravelers#roadsideamerica#nevada#sevenmagicmountains#7magicmountains#nevadaart#usaroadtrip#usa#roadsideart