Lucid Stead is an architectural installation by artist Phillip K. Smith III that takes an existing structure in the deserts of Joshua Tree, California and revitalizes it with mirrors, LED lights, and custom built technology to accentuate the beauty of the bare landscape. Aptly referred to as an “architectural intervention,” the 70-year-old homesteader shack’s weathered and worn stature is transformed into a remarkable vision that makes viewers question whether they are hallucinating.
The artistic, reconstructive project maintains the dimensions of the shack and simply adds an element of intrigue and optical illusion through the addition of reflective panels that echo the surrounding landscape. Smith says, “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.”
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