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Vegas - 2016 - Issue 3 - Summer - Sush Machida

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Pillars of the Community The long-awaiTed Seven Magic MountainS arT insTallaTion debuTs in The deserT — Vegas sTyle. By Kristen Peterson In 1962 Swiss artist Jean Tinguely arrived in Las Vegas, assembled sculptural contraptions with items from a local dump, then exploded them with dynamite in Jean Dry Lake, just 30 minutes south of Las Vegas proper. The site-specific art piece, Study for an End of the World No. 2, drew national journalists to docu- ment the event. And although the art piece was gone nearly as quickly as it arrived, the artist's sardonic com- mentary on pervasive material culture would live on in art history. Six years later and in the same lake bed, land artist Michael Heizer arrived to create a zigzagging trench in the earth titled Rift 1, an uneven abstract drawing that was part of his Nine Nevada Depressions series. It would fall to the elements over time. Now in 2016, travelers are pulling off Interstate 15 to get a closer look at the massive, primitive-looking rock totems painted Day-Glo colors just erected near the same dry lake, a contemporary art installation critiquing Las Vegas-style simulacra by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. Set in a vista of Mojave browns, the candy colors of Seven Magic Mountains scream from the landscape in hot-pink, yellow, orange, and green. It's bewitching and splendorous, photography by gianfranco gorgoni. courtesy of art production fund and nevada MuseuM of art 52 SCENE art

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