Joshua Tree is a well-known California Desert Park that captivates visitors by providing beautiful dark night skies and surreal geologic features. The scenic landscape isn’t the only thing drawing attention to the desert anymore thanks to artist Philip K. Smith III. Smith has created a remarkably original piece of installation art called Lucid Stead, where a 70-year old cabin was transformed into a stunning work of art that pulls its beauty from its surrounding.
Smith went to work on the homestead cabin by replacing various strips of the wooding with mirrors. The long elegant mirrors and large mirrored windows give the cabin a camouflage effect that would make anyone passing by to take a second glance at what they are really seeing. The window mirrors have also been fitted with LED glowing lights that illuminate the cabin in the night sky giving it an out of the world look in the middle of the dessert.
“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.” – Philip K. Smith III
This video shows the cabin across various hours of the day highlighting the beautiful sunsets and sunrises that reflect off it.
Let us know what you think of this Smith’s work! Seems like he would need to keep a pretty big stock of window cleaners to keep that place pristine.