UGO RONDINONE’s “Seven Magic Mountains” has been defaced with graffiti less than a month after it was unveiled 10 miles outside of Las Vegas in Nevada’s Mojave Desert. The bright limestone boulders were spray-painted with pictures of genitalia and other symbols. The work, which cost more than $3-million and took five years to create, will be fixed.
The Nevada Museum of Art said “The positive reception the piece has received has far surpassed our expectations. Most people have shown the utmost respect and appreciation for Ugo Rondinone’s work. We are very disappointed to learn of the recent vandalism to the artwork.” TORONTO is no amateur when it comes to this kind of vandalism. Case in point – Douglas Coupland’s Red Canoe in Canoe Landing Park. It’s seen by thousands every day passing on the Gardiner Expressway and has become a TORONTO landmark. Last time I looked it had been ‘tagged’ inside and a bit around the back. Enjoy the artist’s work – don’t spritz on it. Good luck to NEVADA.