DesertX 2017

This past weekend was a particularly special weekend for the both of us. We rejoiced the completion of our 12-week affiliations — Nate’s 2nd of 3 placements and my final one–  but most importantly, we celebrated our 2-year anniversary! What better way to celebrate such important feats than to check out the DesertX art installations!

DesertX is like a scavenger hunt for artworks that spans geographically from Whitewater  just northwest of Palm Springs to further south in Coachella, CA. It features 16 artworks from artists with a passion for global and local issues. Unfortunately, Nate and I only got to see 12 of the 16 pieces, as 2 of them are closed due to theft and another 2 are no longer exhibiting. With somewhat careful timing, we were able to visit the 12 in one day by driving through one giant figure 8 loop throughout the desert cities.

Monument by Will Boone

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Hearth by Lita Albuquerque

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Circle of Land and Sky by Phillip K Smith

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Hollow Earth by Glenn Kaino

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La Fiesta en el Desierto by Armando Lerma 

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Curves and Zigzags by Claudia Comte

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Alive! by Jeffrey Gibson

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One I Call by Sherin Guirguis

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Mirage by Doug Aitken

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“I Am” by Tavares Strachan

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Just a note: these photos of “I Am” do not do it justice. It is a night time experience that immerses you in a light show in the midst of darkness. From the ground all you can see are patterns of lights. From the sky, all the lights read “I Am”.

Here is the map of the 12 DesertX art installations we visited:

Below are some more miscellaneous photos from our weekend getaway 🙂

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