For those that have driven to Las Vegas through the Southwestern route along highway 15 you may know about this artist’s sculpture that sits alongside the freeway. Out in the middle of the desert someone named Ugo Rondinone stacked up some large colorfully painted boulders.
As you approach the entrance there are signs that will explain why the artist put these here and what they represent. I personally just liked seeing some color added to the desert area.
Of course with any sculpture like this you have to add the legal disclaimer so that someone doesn’t climb the rocks, get hurt, and then blame the artist for their actions. So this sign is supposed to let people know that climbing these rocks is a bad idea and that no one should try because it is a bad idea.
Not only is it dangerous to climb the rocks, there are venomous snakes in the area. Don’t worry. As long as you stay on the designated paths they probably won’t bother you. I guess this is because of the snake’s dislike for designated paths.
As you can tell by the people each boulder is about the size of an average person. That makes each stack approximately 20-30 feet high.
One of my favorite discoveries here was the stack of rocks that a recent visitor had built in the sculptures shadow. Not sure if the amateur artist’s attempt was to add to the art or mock it. Either way it was interesting to me.
And here are the 2 art sculptures in one shot.
If you are driving along highway 15 towards Las Vegas keep your eyes open to the East side of the freeway. While they are very colorful and contrast well against the desert, they may not be as easy to see as you might think.
We would recommend stopping by if you have a few moments to spare for at least an interesting photo opp. It’s not every day that you will find this kind of color in the desert.
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