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Colorful artwork in Las Vegas desert

Colorful artwork in Las Vegas desert

Ugo Rondinone - Seven Magic Mountains Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016
Ugo RondinoneSeven Magic Mountains Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016

Seven Magic Mountains by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone sits comfortably in the desert south of Las Vegas in Nevada. The colossal work is made up of seven towering sculptures of stones weighing up to a ton each. The huge limestone boulders are stacked on top of one another. Each tower is made up of three to six stones and each stone has a specific colour with each stack standing as high as 9 to 10.5 meters. Seven Magic Mountains is now one of the largest land-based art installations in the United States in the last 40 years.

Ugo Rondinone is known to be a lover of nature and some of his works revolve around the sun, the moon, and the cosmos. The artwork goes further to emphasize the kind of interest the artist has in natural phenomena and how they reformulate in art, and refers to the natural world, existentialism and romanticism all concurrently in a mental trinity that the artist’s works have been known for. According to the artist, Seven Magic Mountains brings out the togetherness and unity between nature and human, natural and artificial, as well as the past and the present.

This work became like a special art pilgrim site as it evokes a kind of spirituality that is bound to have spectators engaged and leave them in awe. The location brings about a feeling of stability from the mammoth sizes of the boulders. Seven Magic Mountains is placed strategically such that viewers will be able to view it from different angles and perspectives, and is getting the expected reactions from the public. Whenever people stumble upon it, they smile and bring out their phones to take pictures. It is also making waves on social media as many people are talking about it.

Ugo Rondinone - Seven Magic Mountains Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016
Ugo RondinoneSeven Magic Mountains Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016

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

Ugo Rondinone - Seven Magic Mountains Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016
Ugo RondinoneSeven Magic Mountains Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016 (installation)

Ugo Rondinone, Miami Mountain, The Bass, Miami Beach, 2016
Ugo RondinoneMiami Mountain, The Bass, Miami Beach, 2016

Ugo Rondinone, Miami Mountain, The Bass, Miami Beach, 2016
Ugo RondinoneMiami Mountain, The Bass, Miami Beach, 2016

Ugo Rondinone - Installation view, Clouds + Mountains + Waterfalls, Sadie Coles HQ. Copyright the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.
Ugo Rondinone – Installation view, Clouds + Mountains + Waterfalls, Sadie Coles HQ. Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

Ugo Rondinone - Unique Stone Sculptures
Ugo RondinoneUnique Stone Sculptures

Ugo Rondinone - Purple Pink Red Orange Yellow Green Mountain
Ugo RondinonePurple Pink Red Orange Yellow Green Mountain

Ugo Rondinone - Black Blue Pink Mountain, 2015, painted stone, stainless steel, pedestal, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
Ugo RondinoneBlack Blue Pink Mountain, 2015, painted stone, stainless steel, pedestal
Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

Ugo Rondinone - Orange Yellow Green Blue Pink Red mountain Mountain, 2015, painted stone, stainless steel, pedestal, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
Ugo RondinoneOrange Yellow Green Blue Pink Red mountain Mountain, 2015, painted stone, stainless steel, pedestal
Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

Ugo Rondinone - Unique Stone Sculpture Blue
Ugo RondinoneUnique Stone Sculpture Blue

Ugo Rondinone - Yellow Pink Red Mountain, 2015, painted stone, stainless steel, pedestal, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
Ugo RondinoneYellow Pink Red Mountain, 2015, painted stone, stainless steel, pedestal
Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

Ugo Rondinone - Blue black white mountain, 2015. Copyright the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.
Ugo RondinoneBlue Black White Mountain, 2015, painted stone, stainless steel, pedestal
Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

Ugo Rondinone - Blue yellow mountain, 2015. Copyright the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.
Ugo RondinoneBlue Yellow Mountain, 2015, painted stone, stainless steel, pedestal
Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

Ugo Rondinone - Green yellow orange red pink mountain, 2015. Copyright the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.
Ugo RondinoneGreen Yellow Orange Red Pink Mountain, 2015, painted stone, stainless steel, pedestal
Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

Ugo Rondinone - Red silver yellow mountain, 2015. Copyright the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.
Ugo RondinoneRed Silver Yellow Mountain, 2015, painted stone, stainless steel, pedestal
Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London


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Enormous & expensive $265k sculpture deliberately burned to ashes

Enormous & expensive $265k sculpture deliberately burned to ashes

The Pier Group - Embrace, 2014
The Pier GroupEmbrace, 2014

Embrace by The Pier Group, a collective of artists, engineers, and builders, came together and spent a budget of $265,000 in order to create the 72-foot (22 meter) sculpture of two figures embracing, whose fleeting life would end up in flames at the Burning Man festival.

The enormous sculpture had previously supported internal staircases that allowed visitors to climb up to the heads. In their chests each figure held massive chandeliers in the shape of human hearts. As people would climb up the spiral staircase, they would work their way up through the neck leading to the head. As the journey becomes increasingly tighter and claustrophobic there is a cathartic release into the mind. As groups of people would come together, gathering in each head of the sculpture where they would look through the eyes upon the other head they would be in a place of unique contemplation. Each head contained a mandala, one mandala was dedicated to the act of birth and creation, the other was dedicated to logic and reason.

Embrace serves as a testament to the moment, a representation of temporality, as the massive statue is the epitome of the beauty of immediacy. This massive sculpture was dedicated to and honors each and every relationship in all of our lives, and like the Burning Man itself, the sculpture is representing an internal pilgrimage.

Embrace also represents the moment that is the now, as individuals approach the sculpture, a couple towering high above the desert rises, as if it is a piece of the landscape that belongs there and always has. The embrace itself is a reminder to the audience of loved ones, those who are still there, those who have been lost; lovers, family, friends…

The temporality becomes apparent as the 70 foot sculpture was set to flames, disappearing in a cloud of smoke, and becoming part of the landscape as ash.

The Pier Group - Embrace, 2014
The Pier GroupEmbrace, 2014

The Pier Group - Embrace, 2014
The Pier GroupEmbrace, 2014

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