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A kind of psychedelic Stonehenge in the desert near Las Vegas

If you see stacks of funky fluorescent rocks in the desert south of Las Vegas, it’s not a mirage. The quirky artwork called “Seven Magic Mountains” rises from the desert floor about 30 minutes south of the city.

“The totemic forms of ‘Seven Magic Mountains’ recall stone cairns marking the way for travelers passing through unfamiliar landscapes,” the artwork’s website says. 

Indeed, the rock art contrasts nicely with ancient petroglyphs found in southern Nevada. Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone spent five years creating the pillars.

Crafted from local limestone, the boulders were painted in fluorescent hues before being stacked. The towers are between 25 and 35 feet tall.

The free display stands in stark contrast to the desert ground on which it sits. The location, 23 miles south of the MGM Grand, is easily reached by heading south on Las Vegas Boulevard (the Strip), or even from Interstate 15.

The project is the result of a collaboration between the Art Production Fund and the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. The fund’s website notes the “artwork extends Rondinone’s long-running interest in natural phenomena and their reformulation in art.”

Further details can be found on signage at the site, where there’s plenty of parking to get an up-close look. “Seven Magic Mountains” will remain in place until next May.

Info: Seven Magic Mountains

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