The traveling installation MIRAGE has settled in the Swiss Alps at the beginning of this year and the images are beautiful. The architectural design comes from Doug Aitken, an American installation and video artist. The name, MIRAGE, says it all: it is a sculpture composed of reflective surfaces that reflect its surroundings. It is inspired by an American ranch and travels to another region every two years. In 2017, it opened as part of Desert X, an exhibition of contemporary art.
In 2017, the installation was located in the middle of the desert of Southern California. It were the panoramas stretching as far as the Pacific Ocean that formed the ideology behind the iconic piece of architecture. MIRAGE was then on the border where the rocky San Jacinto makes place for the Coachella valley. Now it lies between the snow-covered mountain landscapes and the crystal-clear sky. Doors and windows have been removed to create a flowing relationship with the landscape. In this way, visitors can explore the mirrored structure at any time of the day. The interior is also mirrored to create a kaleidoscopic broken effect when entering the house.
A sculpture composed of reflective surfaces that reflect its surroundings.
The visual echo chamber endlessly reflects the dream of nature and the pursuit of its conquests. Both the inside and the outside can shift and transform in the ever-changing landscape. The sculpture has no fixed perspective or correct interpretation and that is what makes it so beautiful. Every experience with this work of art will be unique!