The Seven Magic Mountains art installation was vandalized overnight, according to a spokeswoman.
The art installation, located near Las Vegas Boulevard and Sloan Road, was found covered with graffiti Sunday morning. The boulders had expletive words and drawings on them.
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The art project was created by Ugo Rondinone using $3 million in private funding and opened earlier this spring. It is scheduled to be taken down in two years.
Seven Magic Mountains released a statement Sunday evening regarding the vandalism:
"Seven Magic Mountains’ producers Nevada Museum of Art and Art Production Fund would first like to say how grateful we are to the Las Vegas community for the enthusiasm they have displayed for this public artwork. The positive reception the piece has received has far surpassed our expectations. Most people have shown the utmost respect and appreciation for Ugo Rondinone’s work.
"Of course, there are always people who behave poorly. We are very disappointed to learn of the recent vandalism to the artwork. Las Vegas Metro has been notified of the incident, and the taggers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We consistently monitor the area and have been pleased with how little trash or damage has occurred until now. The damage will be repaired immediately. The producers feel upset for the visitors who had to see this vile graffiti, and hope that such has not discouraged them for appreciating the beauty of the piece and the majesty of the desert. We hope they visit again.
"If people see suspicious behavior, or damage, we ask they notify us immediately. They can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 775-398-7228."