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The Color of Seven Magic Mountains

Have you ever driven across California on I15 toward Las Vegas? By the time you drive hours across the Mojave desert, you are ready to see some bright colors. In 2016, artist Ugo Rondinone decided to design something amazing for the Las Vegas desert. He wanted to express how the natural and artificial worlds connect. Seven Magic Mountains makes a great stretch break and the opportunity to appreciate some FREE public art!

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Experience the color of Seven Magic Mountains

The Color of Seven Magic Mountains

We had driven for hours seeing nothing but the dry open desert, so we were ready for a fun stretch break on our road trip. It was easy to find the Seven Magic Mountains art installation which is located approximately 10 miles south of the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and St. Rose Parkway in Henderson, Nevada.

Seven Magic Mountains

Renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s colorful large-scale, public artwork Seven Magic Mountains is a two-year exhibition located in the desert outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, featuring seven thirty to thirty-five-foot high dayglow totems comprised of painted, locally-sourced boulders.

Seven Magic Mountains

There were quite a few people enjoying the Seven Magic Mountains experience, but it didn’t feel crowded. People were all looking for the best camera angle, just like we were!


Things to Know

  • There is no admission fee to visit the installation.
  • It is open to the public, but you do have to step over a small fence.
  • There is plenty of parking right off the road beside the art installation.
  • No restrooms are available at the art installation.
Luke at Seven Magic Mountains

We have visited several public art installations over the past few years. When we stopped at the Seven Magic Mountains we became fascinated with the artist, Ugo Rondinone. I did a little research and found out that Rondinone is the artist for several other art pieces we saw when we were visiting the PapaJohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines, Iowa.

Rondinone’s Moon Rise, East, JanuaryRondinone’s “Moon Rise, East, January”

Do you stop and enjoy public art installations and exhibits? What is your favorite? I’d love to hear!

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Sharon Williams

Sharon Williams is a wife and mom of 3 who loves to get out in the minivan with the GPS, cooler and some snacks. She loves to just see where the road takes her and the family. You never know where they will end up! Favorite places usually involve a hiking trail or a waterfall in Kentucky, Tennessee or beyond.

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(1) Comment

  1. Seana Turner

    Well that is pretty neat! I would never have known to look for it if you hadn’t posted this blog. I’m not out there often, but I would swing by and have a look… just to get some fun photos. Pretty neat to see this splash of bright color in the middle of the desert!


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