ARTIST DOUG AITKEN’S ‘MIRAGE’ DESERT INSTALLATION

March 1, 2017 The Unbiased Writer

doug-aitken-mirage-palm-springsAward-winning artist Doug Aitken is using the desert around Palm Springs as the artistic medium for his latest creation. Taking inspiration from ranch-style housing and mirrors, Aitken’s all-new sculpture is known as Mirage. Designed to create a literal reflection of its surroundings, the house is constructed entirely using only mirrored surfaces. Mirage by Doug Aitken is one of the 16 installations that stand as the central subjects of the Desert X art festival which kicked off last week. doug-aitken-mirage-palm-springs2Mirage distills the recognizable and repetitious suburban home into the essence of its lines, reflecting and disappearing into the vast western landscape,” explains Aitken. “After World War II, the ranch style’s streamlined simplicity gained popularity as commercial builders employed a simplified assembly line approach to create this efficient form, matching the rapid growth of the suburbs … The mass-produced ranch home became a familiar sight across the country, the style filling the American landscape as quickly as each new subdivision was built.”doug-aitken-mirage-palm-springs1doug-aitken-mirage-palm-springs3

doug-aitken-mirage-palm-springs5Mirage will be open to the public until October 31, 2017.

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