Friday Lens Affairs 187


Seven Magic Mountains, Las Vegas

This Friday I’m featuring a great shot of Seven Magic Mountains, taken by Alexis and Bertaut Tchuise from World Travel Adventurers Blog, where you can find some amazing video and drone footages from around the World.

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Photo Story: Seven Magic Mountains

We have visited Las Vegas many times and love venturing past The Strip looking for exciting new things to see and do.

When we visited with our 2-year-old and 4-year-old last year, it was an even bigger challenge to find family-friendly sights in the Vegas area.

We love nature and beautiful scenery, so we hopped into the car and headed out into the desert. We found this neon-coloured art formation just 10 miles south of Las Vegas off Interstate 15.

It is called Seven Magic Mountains and was created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. These seven giant totems are 30-35 feet high and were made with 33 boulders weighing up to 25 tons.

The artist wanted to evoke contrast and continuity between nature and culture. He chose that spot because it’s physically and symbolically mid-way between the natural (mountains, desert, Jean Dry lake) and the artificial (highway and traffic between Vegas and LA).

We thought it looked really cool from the highway and made a pit stop to get a closer look. Our kids were fascinated by the sheer size and bright colours of the boulders. We were excited by the contrast of the serene mountain backdrop and the candy-coloured enormous towers.

We had a lot of fun walking around the totems capturing different perspectives. For anyone who loves art and photography, it is a must-see in Vegas.

It is also a great spot for anyone interested in engineering, as the building of Seven Magic Mountains was quite a feat.

So if you find yourself in Vegas and are looking for something quirky to do, check this out! Have fun taking selfies! We flew our drone in the area to get a unique perspective.

Renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s colorful large-scale, public artwork Seven Magic Mountains is a two-year exhibition located in the desert outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, featuring seven thirty to thirty-five-foot high dayglow totems comprised of painted, locally-sourced boulders.

Visible across the desert landscape along Interstate 15, Seven Magic Mountains offers a creative critique of the simulacra of destinations like Las Vegas.

According to Rondinone, 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.

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2 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affairs 187

  1. Photographie Pro

    I love these pictures. They really make me want to go there and to take some fresh pics of the place.

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