On California artist Phillip K Smith III's five-acre property in Joshua Tree, there sits an old homesteader's cabin, a plain Jane structure with a history that dates back seventy years. For "Lucid Stead," a week-long project in October, Smith added a new chapter to the cabin's history, transforming the building's exterior into a large-scale light installation.
By day, the shack’s alternating skin of mirror and original weathered wood reflected the surrounding desert and sky. By night, the one-way mirrors in the door and window openings became rectangular fields of color, lit by programmed LED lighting that slowly moved through the color spectrum.
”Like the enveloping vista that changes hue as time passes, Lucid Stead transforms," Smith explains. "In daylight the 70 year old homesteaders shack reflects and refracts the surrounding terrain as if a mirage or hallucination. As the sun tucks behind the mountains, slowly shifting, geometric color fields emerge until they hover in the desert darkness."
Los Angeles photographer Lou Mora paid a visit to Joshua Tree and captured some striking images of Smith's installation. Click through above.