“Every other spring, curious sights pop up throughout the arid landscape of Southern California’s Coachella Valley, and we are not going to turn this into a joke about flower crowns. Envision something more like a glowing red structure or a house made of mirrors. They’re all part of Desert X, an event that started in 2017 as a series of art installations around Palm Springs, each meant to thoughtfully interact with its desert location. Artist Jennifer Bolande, for instance, created a series of billboards depicting the mountains behind them; the image and the mountains themselves would perfectly align at one point as viewers drove by. Desert X is a biennial event, and little did its organizers know that the year of its third iteration, 2021, would be the most perfect year for outdoor art exhibitions. This spring’s projects touch on a range of themes, including migration, desert life, and Indigenous land rights…”

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