Mother lived around the corner from Sunnylands conference center and gardens which is part of the Anneburg Estate and which has hosted many many world leaders. It is pure mid century and the plantings are sculptural in their design. I had never been there before and it just goes to show that seeing art can open up whole new worlds for the visitor. This was the venue for the Lita Albuquerque installation and I was able to see many areas that I had never noticed before because of this project.
Will there be a second Desert X? This first one attracted tens of thousands of visitors and Susan Davis, the founder and board president of Desert X said it could return in 2019. They just need to fund raise but with all the good PR, and the wealth of the community, we have high hopes.
|Doug Aiken: so many fabulous opportunities for photos|
|Philip K. Smith gave us a whole ring of reflective post and some seem to disappear into the sky, others into the sand.|
|Jennifer Boland created a series of billboards that looks like continuations of the landscape|
|Claudia Comte presented mind bending lines.|
|No I did not get to see this light sculpture by Tavares Strachan spelling" I AM "from the sky, but the slots in the ground that were illuminated could be seen on high.|
|The Lita Albuquerque women in blue set in a circle of crushed marble was only a memory of the dancers in the performance art that Ms. Albuquerque arranged at Sunnylands.|
|You had to descend into a bomb shelter to see this President Kennedy statue by Will Boone.|
|Robert Pruit displayedlocal garage sale "stuff" in the museum.|
|Sharon Guirguis was inspired by pignon structures from the middle east deserts|
|Richard Prince papered the inside and outside of this remote home with images and objects.|
|Jeffrey Gibson has used the blade of a wind turbine that generated energy in this work. These white blades are seen all over the desert around this area and they I have always found them to look like kinetic sculpture.|
|Armando Lerma painted the whole side of a building and this is a detail was a favorite part.|
|Gabriel Kuri gave us a sand ashtray on a large scale called the Donation Box. Some coins were also found in the sand.|