Nevada: 7 Magic Mountains

7 Magic Mountains

I am thrilled to say that I have finally stopped to see the 7 Magic Mountains public artwork, yay! It only took me over a year and a half to make time to see this magnificent public art display that is located just 25 minutes outside of Las Vegas. With my busy schedule I’m used to missing out on temporary art exhibits, but what drove me insane was the fact that I drove past it every week for 1 year on my way to Los Angeles and could never make time.

How you ask, well I drove alone and I always ended up at this location before the sun arose or after dusk and being a single female in the middle of the desert… yeah I chose not to pull over and test my luck. 1 year and a half later I finally made it there during the daylight!!!



Swedish artist Ugo Rodinone is the brains behind this temporary two year exhibit in Jean, Nevada. This exhibit is 7 boulder totems painted to be visible during the day and night. I wasn’t much fascinated at this display of artwork, especially when I found out that it costs 3.5 million… this seems a bit ridiculous. Locally sourced boulders, painted in fluorescent colors, then stacked in the middle of the desert. Yeah, okay.

To each individual art is seen differently and I respect that, but this particular piece did not scream art to me as much as it seemed another way to break up traffic from those weekly LA to Vegas commuters, aka me. Also a fun photo op.


So since I was already there I decided to have a little photoshoot myself. 😉 DSC01139

After my displeasing visit I started doing more research as to what the artist felt it stands for and this is what he wrote, “ 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.”


Beachin’ Traveler


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