Just twenty-five minutes south of the Las Vegas Strip sits Seven Magic Mountains, a colorful public art installation in the Mojave Desert. Created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, this Instagrammer paradise features seven towers of vividly hued boulders stacked on top of each other, with each tower measuring more than thirty feet high. Rondinone considers the display, which has been visited by over a million people, a creative expression of human presence in the desert. The exhibit opened in May 2016 and was only slated to be on view for two years, but its popularity with visitors continues to inspire plans for longer extensions.

Isamar Vives, a teacher from Puerto Rico, poses with the colorful sculptures. Vives was on a trip to Las Vegas and Los Angeles when she and her family stopped to snap some photos of Seven Magic Mountains.

What interested you about the sculptures?

I think that art in general is a way of challenging your perspective.

What were you surprised by?

The size really surprised me; I didn’t expect them to be so tall and wide. I was amazed by the pop of color in contrast to the sandy tones. I also wasn’t expecting the huge amount of sand flying around.

For more info, visit sevenmagicmountains.com