This past weekend we had the opportunity to experience Lucid Stead, the highly anticipated art installation by Phillip K Smith III. Located out in the middle of the Joshua Tree desert, in it’s last weekend for viewing, you do not want to miss this.
Lucid Stead is fantastic. It’s everything that we know and love about the desert: silence, space, self-reflection, old, sexy, sleek, withered, recycled, brand new, colorful and subtle all the same time. It’s a self reflective piece, both symbolically and literally. Walking away from the installation leaves you feeling ‘zen’ed out. The journey of traveling to out to middle of nowhere lets you breath deeper, stretch longer, and think clearer.
However, this all could mean nothing to you if you haven’t had the chance to experience it. Right?!? This weekend is your last chance to do so and we really encourage you to find the time.
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About Lucid Stead via Royale Projects
Last weekend we received an overwhelmingly positive response to the Lucid Stead project by Phillip K Smith, III. More than two hundred people made the journey up to Joshua Tree and we are now getting inundated with inquiries from those who were unable to view it or are moved to return and experience it again. As a result, we are scheduling visits this Saturdayand Sunday.
Shuttles will run from the meeting point to the project every hour starting at 1pm with a sunset celebration at 5:30 both days.
please RSVP as the number of guests at each viewing will be limited.
In your email let us know the number of people, the date (Sat 10/19 or Sun 10/20) and the time of your ideal visit (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
This will likely be the last public viewing. For those coming up to the high desert, Gustavo Godoy‘s “Big Blue” at The Ranch Projects will also be open for viewing from 11am – 5pm
Photos that I took last Weekend
The road to get out there…. way out there…
Along the way I noticed that there are many ‘steads’. 99% are completely abandoned and torn apart from the realities of being abandoned in the harsh desert environment. This stead (in the photograph above) just so happens to be one in great condition.
After a couple nervous moments of getting lost, a pit stop, a bus shuttle and snacking on warm cookies straight from an oven (it’s all part of the experience, trust me) we finally arrived at Lucid Stead!
1/2 original wood. 1/2 mirror. Windows converted to LED light installations. 100% bad ass.
These color fades were amazing!
Me, in the desert.
You knew it was coming!!…. #SELFIE
It’s hard to not take selfies in reflective shacks in the middle of the desert, okay?!?!
Up close (non-selfie oriented) detail of mirror vs. wood.
Home Sweet Home…. neighbors not included.
As the night came quickly upon us the LED lights gradually became more and more vibrant. It’s truly magical what happens next…and can only be experienced in person (and/or if I had more cell phone battery life). :-/
You could see this vibrant lights from far away. I loooooved the silhouettes of all the people crowded around this structure. Everyone in awe.
And that was that. We got back to where the warm cookies were (no more left by this point), jumped back in our car and headed home.
About Phillip K Smith III
Make sure to check this out before it’s gone!
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