Ugo Rondidone’s Magic Mountains illuminates Nevada’s desert

Ugo Rondinone: Seven Magic Mountains, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016. Photo by Gianfranco Gorgoni. Courtesy of Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art.

The Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art recently inaugurated Seven Magic Mountains, a site-specific public artwork by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone which illuminates the desert with its radiant colours. The impressive installation, comprised of seven individual towering rocks took five years to be completed and installed, and is situated within the Ivanpah Valley on the far southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard along Interstate 15.

The artwork extends Rondinone’s long-running interest in cosmos, natural phenomena and landscapes and their artistic and poetic interpretation. Referring concurrently to the natural world, romanticism, and existentialism, Seven Magic Mountains highlights the artist’s human presence in a natural landscape that has underpinned the artist’s work for more than two decades.