Four of the proposed "Seven Magic Mountains." Artist rendering by Ugo Rondinone.
Ugo Rondinone will color the landscape with artificial stones near Jean Dry Lake, said Amanda Horn, director of communications for Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. The large-scale public art is titled “Seven Magic Mountains” and a collaboration with Art Production Fund and NMA. It scheduled for viewing in early 2016. More from an early press release:
The project will feature seven massive dayglow totems of painted stones along Interstate 15, which connects Los Angeles to Las Vegas, and will be on view for two years. The artificial stones, which will be visible for many miles in the flat desert landscape, offer a contemporary critique of the simulacra of destinations like Las Vegas.
“ ‘Seven Magic Mountains’ elicits continuities and solidarities between human and nature, artificial and natural, then and now,” said Rondione in the release. His seven twenty-five foot high towers will be the first earthwork completed in over 40 years and works as an homage to Nevada's art history of land art and earthwork aesthetic.
"Made of artificial stone and painted DayGlo colors, Rondinone’s totems are slated for installation on Bureau of Land Management property in early 2016. They are not the originally proposed mountains made of piled boulders but will likely offer the same wallop of faux nature aggressively inserting itself into the landscape and forcing discussions about reality in the 21st century." LV Weekly (April 29)
"Art In The Desert: Human Artificiality In The Natural Landscape" with Scott Dickensheets, Kristen Peterson, and Michele Quinn I KNPR (May 4)
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.