Seven Magic Mountains is a temporary public art exhibition, created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone as a way to “elicit continuities and solidarities between human nature, artificial and natural, then and now.” Its location, in the middle of the desert about 10 miles south of Las Vegas, is “physically and symbolically mid-way between the natural and the artificial”; the natural being the mountain ranges and desert backdrop and the artificial being the traffic constantly going back and forth from Las Vegas, as well as the actual city in the distance.
The seven “mountains” are made of neon-painted, locally-sourced boulders standing between 30-35 feet tall. They are hard to miss from the road; the colors and their height make them stand out so vividly in the flat, dry and brown landscape. And the bright colors are on point with the atmosphere of Las Vegas.
It’s a very popular tourist destination and it’s easy to see why. The actual boulders are giant in person; they’re a little weather-worn after a year of being in the open but from a distance look very cool (sometimes that’s the best word). They’ve been Instagrammed so many times, I’m sure most people have already seen pictures but they are something to see in person.
Although, fair warning, it can be very windy in the desert so be prepared.
If you’re planning to go see them, check out the website here, which has much more beautiful photos than I captured. 🙂