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Watch an Artist Make an Old Joshua Tree Shack Part-Invisible

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Deep in Joshua Tree, a 70-year-old homesteader shack has been transformed to play tricks on viewers: artist Philip K. Smith III outfitted the shack with mirrors and lights for his piece "Lucid Stead." During the day, the shack "reflects and refracts the surrounding terrain as if a mirage or an hallucination"; the desert looks like it's cutting right through the old building. At night, as the sun goes down, "slowly shifting, geometric color fields emerge until they hover in the desert darkness." The piece was available to visitors the past two weekends and probably won't be shown again, but watch a video of its creation and display down below.


[Film by Eric Minh Swenson]
· Lucid Stead [Royale Projects]