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FRIDAY FUNNIES: Amazing shack lights up California desert

19 December 2014 Staff Reporter

An international art phenomenon has sprung from the clever use of mirrors on a 70-year-old ramshackle wooden hut.

In mid-October this year, well-regarded artist Phillip K. Smith III arrived in Joshua Tree, California, to unveil 'Lucid Stead', a mind-bending installation composed of reflecting panels, lights and custom electronic equipment mounted on a humble timber shack, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Those fortunate enough to have visited the unique structure described it as a mirage that appeared to be floating above the desert ground, thanks to sleek mirrored planks alternating with gnarly wooden ones.

At night, the cabin's windows and doors lit up with LED lights controlled by a computer that gradually changed hues, transforming the appearance of the monochromatic, dull landscape into a vivid tapestry. 


In explaining the work, Mr Smith said: "Lucid Stead is about tapping into the quiet and the pace of change of the desert. When you slow down and align yourself with the desert, the project begins to unfold before you. It reveals that it is about light and shadow, reflected light, projected light, and change."

The hut sits on five acres of sand dotted with shrubs surrounded by federal land, which Smith purchased in 2004. The installation, pictured below, is now closed to the public. 

FRIDAY FUNNIES: Amazing shack lights up California desert
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