Desert hut reflects back landscape


A shack in the desert has been created which seems to be partially invisible with the landscape appearing to be viewable through strips in its walls.

American artist Phillip K Smith III added mirrors to the  exterior of the hut in a remote part of the south-western USA to create the illusion that it people can see through it.

Entitled Lucid Stead, the installation has been created by using a 70-year-old wooden residence within the California High Desert = and giving it a very modern design slant.


Mirrored panels alternate with weather-beaten timber siding panels to create horizontal stripes around the outer walls. This means narrow sections of the building seemingly disappear into the arid and hilly landscape.

“Lucid Stead is about tapping into the quiet and the pace of change of the desert,” said Smith. “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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