Ugo Rondinone: Seven Magic Mountains

Presented by Art Production Fund & the Nevada Museum of Art, Las Vegas, NV

2016 – 2018

Production | Exhibition Grant

Installed along a stretch of Interstate 15 just south of Las Vegas, Nevada, Seven Magic Mountains is a colossal monument of seven twenty-five to thirty foot high towers of fluorescent-painted stone by artist Ugo Rondinone. The location of Rondinone’s two-year installation is only a short distance from Nevada’s legendary Jean Dry Lake, the site of significant Earthwork interventions in the 1960s by Jean Tinguely and Michael Heizer. 

As the first Earthwork project in the area in over 40 years, Seven Magic Mountains builds upon this art historical tradition, while expanding possibilities for Land Art in the 21st century. Rondinone’s artificial man-made stone forms offer a contemporary critique of the simulacra of destinations such as Las Vegas, while inviting meditation on collective desire and our notions of the real.

To learn more, visit Art Production Fund.

Photo by Gianfranco Gorgoni, courtesy of Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art.