Tire version of Seven Magic Mountains pops up in east Las Vegas

Posted at 2:18 PM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 02:16:33-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV)  — Two artists in the Las Vegas valley have created their own version of Seven Magic Mountains called Seven Magic Tires.

The brightly-colored tires are located at 100 N. Nellis Boulevard near East Charleston Boulevard.

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According to a post by @favyfav (Justin Favela) on Instagram, he and @ramirogomezjr (Ramiro Gomez) decided to make their own version of the colorful stacked boulders with tires "in honor of all the llanteras and mecánicos in East and North Las Vegas."

The tires were initially part of an exhibit titled "Sorry for the Mess" at the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art. The exhibit was a collaborative artwork about labor, childhood memories, and life in Las Vegas.

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Favela is a native of Las Vegas and Gomez from Los Angeles would travel here often as a child to play in soccer tournaments. Favela has exhibited across the United States and internationally. Gomez's work has also been on display at various institutions across the United States. He often focuses on the lives of migrants in Los Angeles.

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The tires appeared a few days ago after the exhibit closed at UNLV. Since then, it has caught the attention of many people, including the police, in the area and photos have popped up on social media.

Seven Magic Mountains was created by the internationally-renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. The public art installation is located near Jean dry lake bed and Interstate 15.