Nevada Museum of Art's large scale land art exhibit: Seven Magic Mountains appears in the southern Nevada desert like a mirage. Located 7 miles outside of Las Vegas this neon colored mutated Stonehenge is an expression of the dynamic of duality that its creator, Ugo Rondinone, says drives his work. The work is not Las Vegas but like a stone mirror it reflects Las Vegas: the bright day-glow paints mirror neon lights, it's stones which are piled up,constructed by men over time mirrors the story of Las Vegas rising up over time, changing the light, in middle of the desert. This is the form of the art but the message maybe in the mirage,in the symbols. The number of mountains is the symbol 7. The artist has chosen 7, a number of luck and success at the Las Vegas games and tables. Is this art of rising bright stones a charm in the desert?–a magic construction? The artist refers to hoodoos as the ‘model' for his structure. Hoodoos are naturally occurring geologic structures but hoodoo is also a type of magic. Magic, luck, gambling are a part of life, a part of art–especially in Las Vegas. But life is a series of gambles with results representing existential values: wins and losses on a local, personal level. Gambling extends the possible impact of events, it adds a meta-value to outcomes that might not have had value to a non-local observer. This art has its perceptual value to the local observer, but this land art extends and adds a perceptual value across the desert.
If you'd like to see a video of the the artist discussing this work visit UR's video. If you're in the Las Vegas area check out the exhibit, it runs through May 2018.