Seven Magic Mountains: The coloured totems by Ugo Rondinone in the desert
Famous for creating land art plastic creations Ugo Rondinone, has a piece in the desert that fascinates me!!! It´s called Seven Magic Mountains, and it revolves around seven piles of rocks in towers, made from local limestone. Each of the stones that make up every one of the seven columns is painted in a different fluorescent colour; all incredibly beautiful. Each of these totems measure approximately 10 metres high and are inspired by the Apachetas, the stone mounds that the old indigenous people from South America left along their paths as a sign of prosperity and good fortune.
The Seven Magic Mountains are located in the middle of the Mojave Desert, south of Las Vegas, specifically on interstate 15, very close to Lago Seco. We’re talking about a unique monument, with which the artist wants to make us think about our connection with nature. This is to say, especially about the link between man (roads and cars) and nature (desert).
The Art Production Fund and Nevada’s Art Museum have coproduced this installation which will remain in situ for three more years, as the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) extended the existing permit at the end of 2018 by 3 years, so that this work of art can be seen until the end of 2021. After this temporary exhibit, one of the seven sculptures will be exhibited in one of Las Vegas’s main streets.
Its location on the I-15 is specially emotive, as it has been estimated that approximately 16 million cars will drive by the seven sculptures, making it one of the most visible works in the planet’s history..
Unfortunately, I haven’t yet been able to see them live and in person, but I hope to do so soon. Seven Magic Mountains is one more reason to visit Las Vegas beyond its casinos, neon lights and madness that are so characteristic of its streets and visitors.
(*) Photos: Ugo Rondinone website.