Doug Aitken's "Mirage" house from the "Desert X" land art exhibition in California's Coachella Valley, as seen March 16, 2017.
AFP Photo / Konrad Fiedler
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A house clad in mirrors pops out of the California desert. It blends into the landscape, reflecting a kaleidoscope of the urban grid and arid valley of Palm Springs – to the delight of photographers and selfie-seekers. This is Doug Aitken's "Mirage," one of the showstoppers of "Desert X," an exhibition of 16 site-specific monumental works by international artists that spans southern California's Coachella Valley.Swiss artist Claudia Comte created a wall in the desert, "Curves and Zigzags," with undulating black lines that give the effect of an optical illusion.The bunker "speaks to many things that have become particularly pressing since the election of the current president," said Wakefield, citing nuclear fears and "preppers" – members of a subculture preparing for apocalypse.Since the beginning of time, he noted, the desert has exerted its pull on those who want to withdraw from the world – and in southern California, that includes stars from Hollywood's golden age who flocked to Palm Springs to lose themselves in excess far from the paparazzi.
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