A project of illusion, Lucid Stead is modern art installation dropped into the High Desert in California. The 70-year-old timber shack was redesigned by Palm Desert-based artist Phillip K. Smith III and now features reflective mirror slats which allow it to “float” within the desert landscape.
One door and four mirrored windows are interjected into the facade in varying rectangular shapes and sizes. Illuminated from behind in the evening, these panels portray ever-changing LED lighting. Programmed into a computer model, the lighting system flows back and forth between purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and green. The linear mirrored panels were assembled in between the timber bands of siding which themselves are back-lit with pure white light. So at night, the entire shack glows from within, revealing the inner-workings of beams and bracings. By day, the structure’s mirrored walls allow it to magically disappear into the desert environ.