phillip k smith iii

Desert X: Phillip K. Smith III

He calls his exhibit “The Circle of Land and Sky.” You can spend an hour in this spot not appreciate everything possible to see and experience. The circle of 300 columned mirrors is 160 feet in diameter. When I first saw the installation from a distance, I thought of Stonehenge.

Phil Smith is the artist whose installations appear at the Coachella Music Festival.

Description from the artist:

The Circle of Land and Sky defines a reflective space within the desert, composed entirely of the environment’s two most prominent physical characteristics – land and sky. 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. At times, the sky is pulled down to the land or the land lifted up to the sky, while the colors of the west may merge with the colors of the east. It is a constantly changing installation that can never be seen the same way twice.