What is Seven Magic Mountains?
Across the desert south of Las Vegas, Nevada, will soon rise a large, colorful anomaly. Mediating between geological formations and abstract composition, seven colossal stone forms will defy gravity with their teetering formations. Each stone boasts a different fluorescent color. Each individual totem stands between thirty and thirty-five feet high.
Internationally-renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone is creating a public artwork that will evoke the art of meditative rock balancing, and will mark his place in the history of Land Art. As Public Art is redefining the identities of places around the world, Rondinone's ambitious endeavor, Seven Magic Mountains, strengthens Nevada’s identity as a place that celebrates and supports the work of interesting artists, and draws attention to Las Vegas as it evolves into a city also known for the arts.
Presented by Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art, Seven Magic Mountains has been nearly five years in the making. The installation, comprised of seven individual towering sculptures, will be situated in the desert on the far southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard along Interstate 15, approximately a half hour from downtown Las Vegas. The piece will be on view for two years beginning in May 2016.
Why Seven Magic Mountains?
“Seven Magic Mountains elicits continuities and solidarities between human and nature, artificial and natural, then and now,” states Rondinone.
The artwork extends Rondinone’s long-running interest in natural phenomena and their reformulation in art. The titles and forms of his paintings and sculptures have frequently evoked elemental themes such as air, moons, the sun, and the cosmos.
Referring concurrently to the natural world, romanticism, and existentialism, Seven Magic Mountains encapsulates a sort of mental trinity that has underpinned the artist’s work for more than two decades.
Located a short distance from Nevada’s legendary Jean Dry Lake where Jean Tinquely and Michael Heizer created significant sculptures, Seven Magic Mountains is one of the largest land-based art installations in the United States completed in over 40 years. The work pays homage to the history of Land Art while also offering a contemporary commentary on nearby Las Vegas.
How you can help, and why you should
Seven Magic Mountains has been encouraged and supported by regional public-private partnerships that yield important economic and cultural development opportunities for Las Vegas and Nevada. It has only been with this support that the project is now on the brink of an unprecedented reality.
The sculptures have reached the final phases of fabrication: painting, transportation, and installation. The work must be transported one boulder at a time from North Las Vegas to the far southern end, where it will be installed and on view until May 2018. The producers need your help to close the final funding gap associated with these phases. Your participation will ensure that the non-profit organizations bringing this project to fruition can shoulder the cost in a way that allows the project to thrive.
Join us in creating a mammoth, unparalleled artistic gesture. This is your chance to leave your mark on the desert.
About Ugo Rondinone
Ugo Rondinone was born in 1964 in Brunnen, Switzerland. He is a mixed-media artist whose works explore themes of time, space, fantasy and desire. Rondinone's work is included in the foremost private and public collections in the world including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, among others. Rondinone represented Switzerland at the 52nd Venice Biennial. He lives and works in New York.
About Art Production Fund
Art Production Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to commissioning and producing ambitious public art projects, reaching new audiences and expanding awareness through contemporary art. Projects include: Rudolf Stingel, "Plan B," NYC, 2004; Elmgreen & Dragset,“Prada Marfa,” Valentine, TX, 2005, permanent; Noble & Webster, “Electric Fountain,” Rockefeller Plaza, NYC, 2008; Yoshitomo Nara, “White Ghost,” Park Avenue, NYC, 2010; Chuck Close & Kehinde Wiley, “ART ADDS 2,” NYC, 2011; “After Hours: Murals on the Bowery,” NYC, 2011; Josephine Meckseper, “Manhattan Oil Project,” NYC, 2012; Yoko Ono, “Imagine Peace Times Square,” NYC, 2012; Yvette Mattern, “Global Rainbow After The Storm,” NYC, 2012; Ryan McGinley, “Taxi TV,” NYC, 2013; FriendsWithYou, “Light Cave,” NYC, 2014; Hanna Liden, "Everything," NYC, 2015. Co-Founders: Yvonne Force Villareal & Doreen Remen; Executive Director: Casey Fremont, For more information, please visit artproductionfund.org.
About Nevada Museum of Art
Nevada Museum of Art is the only accredited art museum in the state of Nevada. A private, non-profit organization, it is supported by the generosity of its membership as well as by sponsorships and grants. Through creative programming and scholarship, the Museum provides the opportunity for people to encounter, engage and enjoy a diversity of art and education experiences. In 2009, the Museum founded the Center for Art + Environment, an internationally recognized research center dedicated to supporting the practice, study, and awareness of creative interactions between people and their environments. The Center houses archive materials from more than 1,000 artists working on all seven continents, including Cape Farewell, Michael Heizer, Walter de Maria, Burning Man, and Center for Land Use Interpretation. For more information, visit nevadaart.org.
Risks and challenges
As incredibly rewarding as the process has been, it has not been without adversity. Erecting a piece of Public Art on federally-managed land that also answers to county and state jurisdictions requires patience, tenacity, and steady fundraising.
The final phase of fabrication--painting the boulders--is underway. Then, the boulders will need to be transported one boulder at a time to the installation site near Jean Dry Lake. Concurrently, the construction team is building a parking lot and conducting other road work necessary to erect the installation. The project will be installed and open to the public on May 11, 2016.
The funds the producers seek to raise through this Kickstarter represent only a portion of what is needed to help to close the gap for the extensive costs required to bring the project to fruition. Once we reach our first goal, we ask for your help to continue to raise funds to support the two-year duration of the project: project maintenance, educational and public programming, and the eventual de-installation, transportation, and reclamation of the land.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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