Felt Like Rainbow Brite Smiled Down On Me

17 Aug

The concept attracted me the most.

To think that someone just thought it would be a good idea, good enough to draw travelers into a two-lane road detour and experience your vision takes guts.

The bravery of an artist … I wanted to see it.

The success of this art installation keeps ticking and gratefully until the year 2021. And I was thankful for that because I had missed the initial viewing.

I had seen some of the Facebook posts, the few times I’d logged on last year, and made it a point to make this a destination. Not so much because people marked it off as a “thing to do,” or “the thing I did,” but more so to appreciate the creation of it, to pause in admiration and witness it in person. Pictures tell a story, the good ones anyway, but being there in person gives you feeling. And I wanted that, so last month it happened… it was my new adventure for the month of July.

Seven Magic Mountains.

I smiled when I got out of the car, happy because I’d finally made it to this artistic oasis in the middle of the Nevada desert. And even though others had taken selfies with fish faces, and models in high heels were trying to add clips to their portfolios and check it off their list, this experience was more for me.

My dusted up sneakers carrying the residue of the Nevada desert stopped at the barbed wire and waited. I wanted to stop time as everyone rushed to the rocks, or others expressed their this-is-it looks. I paused to enjoy it … me and my dusted up sneakers and jeans.

It was a peaceful thing.

I wondered where he got the concept of bringing vibrancy to the desert. It said in the notes that it was bringing “human presence to the desert …” It kind of felt like Rainbow Brite smiled down on me, on this spot, just to bring me a moment of Zen. But his name was actually Ugo Rondinone, not Rainbow Brite. The artist behind this vision.

I imagine he took into account sunrises and sunsets and how spectacular it must’ve looked, with the brightness of the colors mixing in with the rays of the sun. I imagine he did. He knew.

I caught it in the late morning, though, and it was still pretty magical. I walked up placed my hands on the giant boulders and took a breath. They were epic in size and looked like they used all the crayons in the Crayola box.

I was thankful that my kids were there with me and they got to see what I saw. Maybe it was better for them, seeing it with their Kaleidoscope eyes, can’t say for sure. But the Seven Magic Mountains changes anyone’s perspective.

I was grateful for the visit. I bet my Dad would have appreciated it. To some it was a detour, or pit stop to stretch out, but for me it was the first destination, the place where creativity and bravery met in a burst of colors.

Buen Camino, my friends!

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7 Responses to “Felt Like Rainbow Brite Smiled Down On Me”

  1. the #1 Itinerary August 18, 2019 at 2:40 AM #

    Great post 🙂

  2. Sorryless August 18, 2019 at 8:51 AM #

    “like Rainbow Brite smiled down on me,” I love that.

    Yes, I do believe the kids and their kaleidoscope eyes found the magic in those wondrous totems.

    Dreamy, beautiful writing, Cali.

    • The Guat August 24, 2019 at 10:50 PM #

      Thanks so much, Cayman … Marc. 🙂 It was a good first and I totally just thought of Rainbow Brite when I saw them. It was such a good movie moment I wanted to bottle it up.

      • The Guat August 24, 2019 at 10:52 PM #

        THANKS for reading buddy 😉

      • Sorryless August 25, 2019 at 5:40 AM #

        That’s very cool.
        It’s funny, when you referred to me as Cayman I didn’t even think about it, LOL.
        Hope you’re having a great weekend.

  3. Apple Pie & Napalm August 18, 2019 at 1:30 PM #

    A perfect experience for all ages. It’s absolutely stunning! Thanks for bringing this to those of us too far to see it in person.

    • The Guat August 24, 2019 at 10:51 PM #

      It was SO GREAT! Some people didn’t find the wonder in it, but I was mesmerized. I had all the feels that day. THANKS for reading;)

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