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Douglas Gordon & Morgane Tschiember, “As close as you can for as long as it lasts” at Elevation 1049 

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Towering thirty feet high in the Nevada desert, Ugo Rondinone’s massive land art installation, Seven Magic Mountains, is a stunning, fluorescent meditation on the relationship between humans and their environment. More than two hundred backers rallied behind this monumental work — one of the largest land art installations of the past forty years.

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Ugo Rondinone: Seven Magic Mountains, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016. 

Photo by Gianfranco Gorgoni. Courtesy of Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art.

Patrick Dougherty

Patrick “Dougherty’s works allude to nests, cocoons, hives, and lairs built by animals, as well as the [artificial] forms of huts, haystacks, and baskets, created by interweaving branches and twigs together. Many of his works look ‘found’ rather than made” Trained originally as a carpenter, Dougherty skipped backward from the finished material of cut-and-dried wood straight to the source: saplings grown, bent and built into magnificent works of natural and architectural sculpture. As part of this process his designs plan in elements of unpredictability, growth and eventual destruction – there is no attempt to maintain the works beyond as certain point which are, eventually, left to return to natural states slowly and beautifully. In many ways his works are most stunning as they are observed over time – shifting from unorganized through built and eventually into organic chaos. s