Desert X 2017

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 Boune

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Hearth by Lita Albuquerque

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Circle of Land and Sky by Philip 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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Donation Box by Gabriel Kuri

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“I Am” by Tavares Strachan

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Just a note: This photo of “I Am” does 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”.

 

The End of the Road, Kings Canyon

The end of the road… or so you would think! Road’s End in Kings Canyon is actually the beginning of more adventures! It is a “hub” at the end of Highway 180 from which adventurers can span out and explore the wilderness. There are trails for day hikes and backcountry, swimming holes, and a ranger station here. Zumwalt Meadow is accessible from here as well. There are clear blue waters and a few opportunities for swimming (do so at your own risk! and only on calm waters!).

On the day we arrived at Road’s End during our 2016 summer Sequoia-King’s Canyon camping trip, there was a large extended family who was having a blast leaping off a boulder and into the deep clear waters below. Nothing made me happier than seeing all the children and families laughing and shrieking with delight at the activity. We joined in on the festivities and relished the icy clear waters. Note: please, please heed the warning signs. Drowning is a very real danger here. The watering hole we swam in happened to be a calm portion of the water where the current was not strong.