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.
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.
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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