“Mirage House” – a glowing jewel in the Californian desert…

motto:“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”(Snow-White and the 7 dwarfs)

Doug Aitken is an American artist and a filmmaker who loves artwork that lives in context. His mirrored house called “Mirage” camouflages into the mountainous Californian Desert; it’s amazing to watch how it constantly changes and evolves throughout the day. Using a ranch style house, Doug has transformed the banal lines of suburban architecture into a reflection on the scenery. By cladding the exterior in mirrors, the house seemingly folds itself into its surroundings like a chameleon. This original piece has been created for “Desert X” – a festival that fills the Coachella Valley with site-specific art by 15 established and emerging artists.
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more @ http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2017/02/mirage-doug-aitken/

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With its doors and windows removed, the house’s fluid relationship with the environment is heightened, as no sense of indoor and outdoor, yet the structure moves in synchronicity with the landscape. Aitken has described his “jewel” in these words:“Like a human-scale lens, ‘Mirage’ works to frame and distort the evolving world outside of it. There is no single time to view this work, as each variation provides something new… There’s no fixed perspective or correct interpretation for each experience of this living artwork is and will be UNIQUE.”
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N.B. if you travel to ‘sunny Cali’: Mirage house will be visible until October 31st, 2017… in the meantime: have a glowing week and a super MMMM = magical and marvelous month of May! 🙂

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Posted on 30 April 2017, in melanie. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Fascinating, Melanie. I’ve always liked to see the reflections in the glass buildings.

  2. Une maison-miroir? C’est un concept surprenant mais il en résulte que la maison se fond merveilleusement dans le paysage. Bonne semaine à toi, Mélanie!

  3. My husband designed a gold glass building that reflected the various blooming trees around it. The building at times seemed to disappear. It was three stories tall with an inner court yard with trees and fountains that went up all three stories. The various offices had folding shutters on windows looking into the atrium. One of my favorite designs of his.

  4. Isn’t that interesting! What a work of art.
    Leslie

  5. This is amazing. Merci Melanie!

  6. This is beautiful. There is a glass house in Connecticut. It has a similar look, but not mirrored.

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