The biennial outdoor exhibition Desert X launched on 9 February and features 19 site-specific installations and performances by artists from around the world. The works of art span 50 miles across the Coachella Valley and expand south to the Salton Sea and Mexico. Some of these breathtaking installations will be worthwhile seeing as a tour or part of a trip around the areas.
Mexican artist, Pia Camil, e-created a rebar rainbow structure that she originally erected in Baja; American neo-conceptual artist, Jenny Holzer, who uses words in public spaces to evoke a reaction projects words onto the mountains; local artist Armando Lerma is the only returning artist to Desert X and will once again paint a mural onto a water tank inspired by animals and plants and Californian native, Kathleen Ryan, erects a soaring sculpture of a translucent palm tree of steel and plastic. The Salton Sea has become of particular interest this year representing the extreme conditions of the desert. Architect Chris Taylor and artist Steve Badgett collaborate on a floating laboratory that documents underwater scenes that is be displayed at the Salton Sea State Recreation Area Visitor Centre.
Information hubs are located throughout the valley, including the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs and at information centres on El Paseo in Palm Desert and Miles Avenue in Indio. Visit www.desertx.org for more information. Desert X can be seen until 21 April 2019