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Painted desert: Ugo Rondinone erects a fluorescent stone circle in Nevada (PHOTO)

Painted desert: Ugo Rondinone erects a fluorescent stone circle in Nevada (PHOTO)One of the largest land-based art works completed in the United States in 40 years, Seven Magic Mountains was five years in the making. The seven towering sculptures are along Interstate 15, 21 miles south of the Las Vegas Strip.

The installation, presented by the Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art, is a continuation of Rondinone’s long-running interest in natural phenomena.

The columns are formed from locally-sourced limestone boulders stacked 30 to 35 feet high.

The columns are a short distance from Jean Dry Lake, where Swiss artist Jean Tinguely detonated sculptural elements for his Study for an End of the World in 1962, and Michael Heizer created earth drawings on the lake bed.

The stacks will be on view for two years. During that time 16 million vehicles are expected to pass them on the Interstate, which will make it one of the most viewed land art works ever, according to the Art Production Fund.
Painted desert: Ugo Rondinone erects a fluorescent stone circle in Nevada (PHOTO)
Painted desert: Ugo Rondinone erects a fluorescent stone circle in Nevada (PHOTO)
Painted desert: Ugo Rondinone erects a fluorescent stone circle in Nevada (PHOTO)
Painted desert: Ugo Rondinone erects a fluorescent stone circle in Nevada (PHOTO)

Source: The Guardian
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