First of all, what is Desert X? Did I guess your question correctly? We didn’t really know what to expect when we landed for our long weekend in Palm Springs but once I saw a few photos popping up on Instagram I knew we had to check it out.
Running from Feb. 25- April 30th, Desert X is an outdoor art exhibit. There are a variety of exhibits, you can click here to check it out. This will integrate a google map on top of your pre-existing one. We basically did a real life scavenger hunt.
Doug Aitken: Mirage | 33°50’59.6″N 116°33’57.5″W
We call this one the mirror house. We really loved walking around it and trying to catch the best angles. We got there about 30 minutes after opening, 7:30 aPT and we regretted the crowds. Try and game it by going as early or late as possible to get the full experience, serenity and all.
“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.”
Phillip K Smith III: The Circle of Land and Sky | 33°46’33.3″N 116°22’07.3″W
This was one of our favorite stops, surrounded by the dessert, the exhibit was affected by so many different variables. The sun on the mirrored sticks looks different as you go in and around the circle. This reminded me of a futuristic and life-sized sundial.
“Formed by 300 geometric reflectors angled at 10 degrees, the artwork directly engages with the Sonoran surrounding and the endless heavens. As the light shifts and the viewer moves through the installation, land and sky are separated, merged, and displaced, subverting one’s assumed relationship with the desert horizon. “
Claudia Comte: Curves and Zig Zags |33°42’23.9″N 116°23’55.5″W
The best way to experience this one is to start far away and slowly come in. We loved how the piece shapeshifted
“In Curves and Zigzags, the painting starts with a stringent geometric composition that gradually morphs into a more organic wave like pattern reminiscent of Bridget Riley optical paintings or the gardens of Burle Marx.”
Back on the road again!
[Bonus Round!] Will Boone: Monument |33°49′ 01.18″N 116°25′ 19.24″W
We think this one was meant to be lit up but we got there at a weird time, it was a weird experience. Glad we saw a second person because if you’re there alone, this seems less like an activity you’d want to do. Only Ben climbed into this dark tunnel, I took a picture of some flowering plant. Here you go: