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Seven Magic Mountains, aka #7magicmountains

Photo: Windy Day

Favorite new ‘Point of Interest’ just outside Las Vegas: Seven Magic Mountains. Hashtag: #7magicmountains

There is a dirt path from the parking lot to the sculptures. All of the visitors appear to be in jovial moods.  No one stays that long. The average visit is about 25 minutes according to Google.

An ephemeral exhibit, this land art installation will last only so long before it is disassembled. We don’t know if it will come down on the second year anniversary, May 11, 2018, but the countdown is on.

From photos it’s hard to assess the physical presence these granite hoodoos manifest. From the highway, the sculpture seem small. They aren’t. The boulders are stacked in to 30 foot towers, about the height of a two-story house.

Attention travelers on I-15, Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Be tempted by this multi-colored photo opportunity – touristy without apology, trending in an oh so cool way. Slow travelers, this is the place to stretch your legs and people watch. A parking lot, no toilets, no souvenir replicas. It’s a walk in the beautiful desert.

For those in Las Vegas, this is a colorful diversion.

Seven Magic Mountains is 11 miles south of the M resort on S. Las Vegas Boulevard. Blue Highway travel meets a rocky kaleidoscope.

Check out the #7MagicMountains hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Flickr to see the attraction/destination.

Other considerations – the installation is dog- and drone-friendly.

Watch out for venomous snakes

Stay hydrated.

Cost: Free
Open 24/7 until May 2019

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Most people don’t know how beautiful the land is around Las Vegas, so I hope this inspires them to explore the city’s nature. –ugo

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When will the exhibit be removed?

Official Spin:
“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.

Visible across the desert landscape along Interstate 15, Seven Magic Mountains offers a creative critique of the simulacra of destinations like Las Vegas. According to Rondinone, the location is physically and symbolically mid-way between the natural and the artificial: the natural is expressed by the mountain ranges, desert, and Jean Dry Lake backdrop, and the artificial is expressed by the highway and the constant flow of traffic between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Seven Magic Mountains is produced by the Art Production Fund, New York and Nevada Museum of Art, Reno. Approximately 10 miles south of the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and St. Rose Parkway in Henderson, the installation site is a short distance from Jean Dry Lake where Michael Heizer and Jean Tinquely created legendary land art works in the 1960s. Many of the project’s public programs will take place at ARIA Resort & Casino, and partner locations in Nevada, including the Marjorie Barrick Museum on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.”

Nearby: Sloan Canyon

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