Going Somewhere and Stopping Nowhere

It’s 2 am, I just finished my workout and flexibility routine. Of course, there’s no better time to write about my recent travels and share it with the world. Let me start off by saying, I’ve lived in four very different time zones in the last two years. My sleeping schedule is quite normal in terms of Kat-time but I think most East Coast citizens would find my sleeping habits a bit odd. In any case, here I am finally posting a new article and hoping to keep things rolling in the next weeks.

I want to share one of my most recent travels with everyone. Especially to my loyal followers–THANK YOU Live Wanderers! Tonight, I want to write about seven not-so-little things. As much as I’d like to tie Disney into this article, I’ll give you a hint and say my recent destination does not have a connection to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Instead of a German-based adventure, I traveled through America’s finest gambling and entertainment state, Nevada.

It was hot and we were in the middle of nowhere. Other than the food truck in the dirt parking lot and the other tourists there weren’t any signs of civilization. Mind you, there were seven gigantic pillars of stone brightly colored on the side of the interstate. It was our entire reason for taking a breather which is hard to do in 100-degree heat with a mask on. We had planned to stop here as part of the road trip and my legs greatly appreciated it even if my lungs didn’t.

I shouldn’t have been so surprised that the person who made these creative natural yet artificial masterpieces is the renowned International Swiss artist, Ugo Rondinone. His sculptures consist of colored boulders placed on top of each other in seven towers that sit over thirty feet high. Rondinone started the project in 2016 and technically is still working on it.

He feels “the location is physically and symbolically mid-way between the natural and the artificial: the natural is expressed by the mountain ranges, desert, and Jean Dry Lake backdrop, and the artificial is expressed by the highway and the constant flow of traffic between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.”

Ugo Rondinone

Tourists visit these colorful giants for the wonder and magical aspects of the art but they also come for the gram. Much like my friend who pushed for us to stop here–thank you Creek!–together the four of us made quite the memorable photos.

So what do you think? Is this a place you’d stop to appreciate art or is it too hot for your taste? Let me know in the comments and like this article if you want more like it! Don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already.

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Kenzie is based in Minneapolis, MN and works as a writer, reiki practitioner, and administrative assistant. To connect with her, please use the contact page.


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