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