Weather-wise, March and April are two of the most beautiful months of the year to visit my beloved hometown of Rancho Mirage, where one can luxuriate in one of our four luxurious resorts. Along with opportunities for plein air activities such as hiking, biking, tennis, and golf, this year visitors and locals are being offered a very special event that has people talking around the world. Desert X is an international art biennial—up through April 30—with various site-specific installations located throughout the Palm Springs Valley. And the best part is, it’s free!
Of the 15 remarkable pieces, three are located in Rancho Mirage (including a gorgeous sculpture by Lita Albuquerque situated within the grounds of the Sunnylands Visitor Center and Gardens). The rest are spread out from Whitewater and Desert Hot Springs in the west, to Indio and Coachella in the east.
I don’t want to give away too much, but suffice it to say that every installation is unique and fascinating, and will push your art-appreciation buttons in ways you may not have even thought possible—including a tract home by Doug Aitken that’s covered inside and out with mirrors, and a modern take on Stonehenge by my dear friend Phillip K. Smith III, a talented Palm Springs Valley sculptor/designer/architect.
The Desert X website has a full listing of all the artists and their pieces, along with a detailed map to help you find them. Don’t miss this spectacular affair before the works disappear in a few weeks, or you’ll have to wait until 2019 for the next iteration of Desert X.