And we do mean “around” in the most generous sense, for several pieces may be found close to the Salton Sea, as well as near Indio and in Desert Hot Springs. Keep in mind that a few things may require a free ticket or pass (entering the Salton Sea State Recreation Area has a fee, but there are passes at the Desert X hubs), and you can go in any order, and even spread out your looking-around over a several days. Downloading the app, and stopping by a Desert X hub for a map and information, is key.
“Dive-In” from Superflex, a pink monolithic structure that asks us to ponder the sea that once existed in the desert, is already quite the hit on social media, just days after Desert X’s Feb. 9 debut. Another eye-dazzling treat is “Specter” by Sterling Ruby, found near Highway 111 close to the 10 Freeway. All of the pieces, and there are a dozen and a half to explore, have something important to relay, beauty to share, and mystery to impart.
The final day to dip into this installation-amazing extravaganza of contemporary art? Desert X must fade, like a desert wind, on April 21, 2019.