In the Coachella Valley and its surrounding desert landscape there is currently an outdoor exhibition taking place. Taking part in this project is Doug Aitken. He has created a typical California ranch style house covered completely in a reflective mirrored surface. The project is aptly named “mirage”.
Aitken drew from the iconic ranch typology and the rich history of the area, sourcing stylistic cues from Frank Lloyd Wright’s highly influential role in shaping the American west. “Mirage” is sited at the juncture where the San Jacinto mountain range opens up to the Coachella Valley and it acts as a life-size kaleidoscope, reflecting the vast, arid landscape. The installation interacts with the desert landscape that surrounds it The doors, windows, and openings have been removed to create a more fluid relationship its environment.
“Like a human-scale lens, Mirage works to frame and distort the evolving world outside of it. There is no single time to view this work, as each variation provides something new…,” the artist writes. “There is no fixed perspective or correct interpretation. Each experience of this living artwork will be unique.”
The art installation was created for Desert X, a festival that fills the Coachella Valley with site-specific art by 15 established and emerging artists. Mirage will be visible until October 31, 2017. Check the schedule for opening hours.
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all images by Lance Gerber