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SEVEN MAGIC MOUNTAINS

Explore the Art and Adventure of 7 Magic Mountains

Ugo Rondinone’s world-renowned artistry brought to the desert.

The Seven Magic Mountains are a colorful piece of Art located in the middle of the Mojave Desert.

These rock-balancing towers were built by the Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone (In cooperation with the Nevada Museum of Art) which began in 2015, and were supposed to be on view for two years starting May 2016.

However, the incredible success of what has now become a popular touristic attraction, convinced the artist to request (and obtain) permits to keep the artwork open for an additional period, which was initially intended to be until the end of 2021 and eventually became a permanent feature in the Nevada desert.

The Totems are 25 to 30 feet tall (7,50 to 9 meters) and consists in locally sourced limestone boulders stacked vertically in groups ranging between three and six rocks.

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS ARTWORK?

The official Seven Magic Mountains website states that “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

However, this installation is open to interpretation: this mean that the real meaning is the one that you will give yourself, and this is certainly the best part of it! 

WHAT TO KNOW

  • The Seven Magic Mountains are open to public and this mean that no entrance fee is required to access the area.
  • Free parking lots are available onsite.
  • No public toilets and no service of any kind is available, you are in the middle of the desert!
  • Respect the environment, take your trash with you