In Southern California’s Coachella Valley, the third edition of the international art exhibition, Desert X, explores the desert as a place and as an idea, this year. About a 20-minute drive due north of Palm Springs City Hall, striking contemporary sculptures, and impressive Art Installations can be found throughout the hot and dusty Coachella Valley desert. Keep reading to discover the most impressive art installations in this year’s edition!
Never Forget by Nicholas Galanin
Coachella Valley was turned into a playground for massive art installations, visually impacting, but often provocative thoughts about the surrounding desert environment. This year’s theme explores the desert “as a place and an idea,” the history of the people populating it as well as the political, social, and cultural circumstances that generate their memories is one of the focuses.
Desert X 2021 offers an exhibition of 13 art installations works, perfect for our time. The goal is to “build on themes explored in previous iterations, looking deeper at ideas essential to the sustenance of our future and identity and the histories, realities, and possibilities of the Coachella Valley and its many communities” (Desert X), by honoring the landscape and its people.
The Wishing Well by Serge Attukwei Clottey
The artist connected his homeland in Gana and Palm Springs by the water scarcity that affects both places. He used es on, an increasing number of places in the world). Here, the artist has used yellow plastic gallons, a water-toting vessel that’s a symbol of that scarcity to create a yellow brick road of sorts.
Women’s Qualities by Ghada Amer
Ghada Amer asked people on the street to share qualities that they identify with or to which they have been ascribed. This way the plants spell out a ring of words: strong, caring, determined, beautiful, loving, nurturing, resilient.
The Passenger by Eduardo Sarabia
The Mexican artist has transformed the legacy of desert journeys, migrations and searches for a better future into a triangular maze, using petates, traditional rugs woven from palm fibers,
What Lies Behind the Walls by Zahrah Alghamdi
Zahrah Alghamdi used slabs of regional cement, soils, and dyes to assembled a monolithic wall, one of the most impressive art installations in Desert X!
Jackrabbit Homestead by Kim Stringfellow
Between the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce and a CVS, is a 122-square-foot cabin, that makes one reflect on the mid-century homesteading experience.
ParaPivot (sempiternal clouds) by Alicja Kwade
An art installation composed of a series of iceberg-like white marble rocks that seem to precariously balance atop a black frame, by the artist Alicja Kwade.
Because You Know Ultimately We Will Band A Militia by Xaviera Simmons
Xaviera Simmons turned a series of billboards into monuments that speak to reverence, resistance, and the redistribution of resources. The bold text statements allow people of color to self-define their monuments.
Tamanrasset by Vivian Suter
Vivian Suter placed in the windows of a modernist building a series of paintings inspired by the desert landscape.