Doug Aitken’s MIRAGE is an art installation in Palm Springs. It’s part of the Desert X biennial exhibition in the Coachella Valley. Desert X first took place in the spring of 2017. Artists were invited to create installations that reflect the unique landscape of the desert. A 2019 exhibition is planned to open in February 2019.
Back to the MIRAGE house. Unfortunately, the art installation will be demolished this month and is no longer available to visit. Now, if you are fast and are able to hike uphill, you can catch a glimpse from the Tram Way road in Palm Springs. Park at the Palm Springs visitor center and hike up the road. From the road you are able to see the MIRAGE. Please don’t trespass on private property!
The MIRAGE is built as a typical American ranch-style family home. Its surface made of reflective mirrors. The mirrors both absorb and reflect the landscape in a unique way, making the MIRAGE seemingly disappear in the landscape.
The interior is also clad in mirrors and endlessly reflects “dreams and aspirations projected onto the America West” (Desert X, Dough Aitken).
This was one of the most beautiful installations that I have ever seen and I am sad that the MIRAGE will be demolished soon. However, I am happy to have had the opportunity to wander around while the exhibition was still open earlier this year.
2019 is clearly marked in my calendar as the year to visit all Desert X installations. By the time I heard about this year’s exhibition, most installations were already taken down.
What is your favorite art installation?