Doug Aitken’s “Mirage” Is Home Goals That Speak To A Higher Dialogue of Climate

Doug Aitken’s “Mirage” Is Home Goals That Speak To A Higher Dialogue of Climate
Doug Aitken ’s “ Mirage ”, Photo by Lance Gerber/Designboom

Doug Aitken’s “Mirage”, Photo by Lance Gerber/Designboom

Compared (currently) to Marfa's Prada Store in Texas, visitors of Coachella Valley are in awe of this Frank Lloyd-inspired installation.

Right now, California-based artist Doug Aitken’s “Mirage”—a low, mirror-clad house inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s residences—is in the spotlight, along with a host of other site-specific installations in a series dubbed Desert X. Mirage, aptly named in the Valley’s arid desert climate, reflects the craggy, windswept topography around it and the nearby San Jacinto Mountains.

Sited at the juncture where the San Jacinto mountain range opens up to the Coachella valley, Aitken’s installation acts as a life-size kaleidoscope, reflecting the vast, arid landscape. framing and distorting its surroundings, the reflective installation changes throughout the day, creating a range of unique experiences.

Though, some people are citing that birds may run straight into the houses facade, others are currently getting their Instagram snaps ablaze.

// If you want to check it out for yourself (there's no address, just coordinates—33°50'59.6"N 116°33'57.5"W), Mirage will run from now until October 31. More directional info can be found here.


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