MGM Resorts Sponsors Seven Magic Mountains in the Nevada Desert
Company’s Commitment to Art Helps Bring Large-Scale, Site-Specific Public Art Installation to Life
LAS VEGAS – MGM Resorts International, a company long committed to supporting and displaying public art in Las Vegas, is a proud sponsor for internationally renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains. The colorful large-scale, public artwork is located in the Nevada desert a few miles south of the Las Vegas Strip.
“Art is vital to the foundation of a strong, vibrant city, and it provokes creative thought, stimulates interest and sparks conversation,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MGM Resorts International. “Our company understands the intrinsic value of art and we are proud to sponsor Seven Magic Mountains, the inspiration of a brilliant artist – Ugo Rondinone."
One of the largest land-based art installations completed in more than 40 years, Seven Magic Mountains is comprised of seven towers of colorfully painted, locally sourced, stacked boulders, each weighing an average of 40,000 pounds. The project took more than five years from conception to completion and allowed Rondinone to extend his sculptural exploration of physical space beyond the traditional confines of gallery walls or even a public plaza.
Occupying an area between the stillness of the Nevada desert and people traveling between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, the totemic forms of Seven Magic Mountains, which seem to defy gravity, recall stone cairns marking the way for travelers passing through unfamiliar landscapes. Rondinone invites visitors to contemplate the desert space and its history of human intervention.
Seven Magic Mountains is visible from Interstate 15, where approximately 16 million vehicles will pass during the two years it will be on display, making it one of the most visible works in the history of the land art continuum. According to Rondinone, the location is physically and symbolically mid-way between the natural and the artificial: the natural is expressed by the mountain ranges, desert, and Jean Dry Lake backdrop, and the artificial is expressed by the highway and the constant flow of traffic between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Public art is redefining identities of places around the world, and Seven Magic Mountains strengthens Nevada’s identity as a place that celebrates the work of interesting artists and draws attention to Las Vegas as it continues to evolve into a city known for the arts.
Seven Magic Mountains is produced by the Art Production Fund, New York and Nevada Museum of Art, Reno. MGM Resorts, and its ARIA Resort & Casino, are a title sponsor. Many of the project’s public programs will take place at ARIA, a fitting location as it's the home of the first major permanent collection of art in Las Vegas to be integrated into a public space and one of the world’s largest and most ambitious corporate art collections in existence today. ARIA’s Fine Art Collection, along with Seven Magic Mountains, are shining examples of what can be accomplished through corporate involvement in the arts.
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Seven Magic Mountains Fast Facts
- Artist: Ugo Rondinone
- Producers: Nevada Museum of Art and Art Production Fund
- Unveiled: May 11, 2016
- On view: May 2016 – May 2018
- 5 years from conception to completion
- 7 colossal, colorful stone forms vertically stacked
- Each totem's height ranges from 30 to 35 feet high
- 33 locally sourced limestone boulders averaging 40,000 pounds each
- Largest boulder: 56,000 pounds
- One of the largest land-based art installations to be completed in more than 40 years
- Location: Near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15, approximately 10 miles south of Las Vegas on federally managed land
- Approximately 16 million vehicles will pass the work during the two years making it one of the most visible works in the history of the land art continuum
- Website: sevenmagicmountains.com
- Video: Art in the Desert
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Art Production Fund (APF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to commissioning and producing ambitious public art projects, reaching new audiences and expanding awareness through contemporary art. Recent projects include: After Hours: Murals on The Bowery, NYC, 2011; David Brooks, Desert Rooftops, NYC, 2011; Josephine Meckseper, Manhattan Oil Project, NYC, 2012; Kiki Smith, Chorus, 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; Tony Smith, One-Two-Three, NYC, 2013; Tracey Emin, Roman Standard, NYC 2013; Pop Up 1: Montauk, NY, 2013; ThreeASFOUR, MER KA BA, NYC, 2013; Marco Brambilla, Anthropocene, NYC, 2013; Vanessa Beecroft, VB73, NYC, 2014; Deborah Kass, The Street, MA, 2014; Jessica Craig-Martin, Hyde Park Village, FL, 2014; FriendsWithYou, Light Cave, NYC, 2014; Hanna Liden, Everything, NYC, 2015; Gerard & Kelly, Modern Living, Los Angeles, 2016; Co-Founders: Yvonne Force Villareal & Doreen Remen; Executive Director: Casey Fremont. www.artproductionfund.org
Nevada Museum of Art is the only AAM accredited art museum in Nevada. A private, non-profit organization founded in 1931, the Reno-based institution is supported by its membership as well as sponsorships, gifts and grants. Through its permanent collections, original exhibitions and programming, and Museum School, the Nevada Museum of Art provides the opportunity for people to engage with a range of art and education experiences. Its Center for Art + Environment, is an internationally-recognized research center dedicated to supporting the practice, study, and awareness of creative interactions between people and their environments. The Center houses unique archive materials from more than 1,000 artists working on all seven continents, including Cape Farewell, Michael Heizer, Walter de Maria, Lita Albuquerque, Burning Man, Center for Land Use Interpretation, and Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains project. More at nevadaart.org
Ugo Rondinone, born 1964 in Brunnen, Switzerland, lives and works in New York and has long embraced a fluid range of forms and media. By allowing himself such formal, Rondinone creates the conditions for an expansive emotional range. His work has become recognized for its ability to channel both psychological expressiveness and profound insight in the human condition and the relationship between human being and nature. Referring concurrently to the natural world, romanticism and existentialism, his works encapsulate a “mental trinity” that has underpinned his art for more than twenty years. Recent solo shows include Carre d’Art, Nimes, Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2016); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Secession, Vienna (2015), Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, Museo Anahuacalli, Mexico (2014); Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, M Museum, Leuven (2013)
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