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Artists create installation for Desert X : Doug Aitken, Mirrored ‘Mirage’ house

Words by Marvin Maddix



American artist Doug Aitken has created his “Mirage” house part of the Artist initiative Desert X. The land art installation located in and around Palm Springs in Southern California is located in the Coachella Valleys and is modelled on a ranch-styled suburban home and made completely on mirrors, inside and out.

The art installation is part of a 16 piece of designers including Richard Prince, Doug Aitken, Lita Albuquerque, Rob Pruitt, Glenn Kaino, Will Boone, Gabriel Kuri, Phillip K Smith III and Sherin Guirguis. For anyone headed that way the installation runs from Feb 25 to the end of April.

“In the tradition of land-art as a reflection of the dreams and aspirations projected onto the America West, Mirage presents a continually changing encounter in which subject and object, inside and outside are in constant flux. The ranch-style structure suggests a latter-day architectural version of manifest destiny, a primary structure rendered by the artist without function service or texture. With every available surface clad in mirror it both absorbs and reflects the landscape around in such ways that the exterior will seemingly disappear just as the interior draws the viewer into a never-ending kaleidoscope of light and reflection. As Mirage pulls the landscape in and reflects it back out, this classic one-story suburban house becomes a framing device, a perceptual echo-chamber endlessly bouncing between the dream of nature as pure uninhabited state and the pursuit of its conquest.”-Doug


The Coachella valley and its desert landscape will become the canvas for a curated exhibition of site-specific work by established and emerging artists, whose projects will amplify and articulate global and local issues that may range from climate change to starry skies, from tribal culture and immigration to tourism, gaming, and golf. the artworks, in various indoor and outdoor locations, will be available free and will offer visitors a way to see the valley and reflect on serious and playful issues through the lens of the participating artists’ creativity and work


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