A Neon “Stonehenge” Has Appeared in the Desert Outside Las Vegas

by Hannah Meltzer, The Daily Telegraph, May 17, 2016

Seven teetering 30-foot towers of technicolour limestone have appeared in the desert south of Las Vegas.

The imposing formations, evocatively named ‘Seven Magic Mountains’, comprise one of the largest land-based art installations in the United States for more than 40 years, and took almost five years to construct.

The installation is the work of Swiss-born artist Ugo Rondinone, and extends his long-running interest in natural phenomena and their representation through art.

The gravity-defying stacked blocks evoke naturally-occurring hoodoos while their striking florescent colour is a nod to the bright lights of Las Vegas, which lies just 20 miles up Interstate 15.

Seven Magic Mountains is produced by the New York-based Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art.


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The Nevada Museum of Art expects approximately 16 million vehicles to pass the work during its two-year lifespan, making it one of the most visible works in the history of land art.


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The work will stay in place until May 2018, so you have plenty of time to see it for yourself. Just in case you need a little more inspiration to head to the desert, we’ve got a complete Las Vegas city guide right here .

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This article was written by Hannah Meltzer and travel writer from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.