Desert X artist creates art instillation for COD

“We are so pleased that Phil has agreed to work with us this year to create a signature 60th anniversary installation for permanent placement on our campus – honoring our past and inspiring future generations to continue the dream.”

By JOSEPHINA GARZA

STAFF WRITER

Photo courtesy of PKS3 Studio. Joshua Trees “Lucid Stead.”

Philip K. Smith III, known for his art pieces with Desert X, will be creating a signature 60th anniversary instillation for College of the Desert’s main campus in Palm Desert.

Smith is a former COD student, who obtained his bachelor’s degree in fine arts and architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. He works out of his Palm Desert studio, creating beautiful works of art which are displayed around the valley in the Desert X project. His pieces focus on light based works that draw upon space, form, color, light and shadow.

“We are so pleased that Phil has agreed to work with us this year to create a signature 60th anniversary installation for permanent placement on our campus – honoring our past and inspiring future generations to continue the dream,” said COD Superintendent/President Joel L. Kinnamon, Ed.D.

Smith rose to fame with his 2013 Joshua Tree light installation, Lucid Stead. The art instillation was a homestead shack plated in mirrors. It allowed the landscape to be viewed from all around during the day while at night a color-sequenced program played.

Desert X’s The Circle of Land and Sky, gave spectators a chance to watch land and sky distort. 300 geometric reflectors were angled at 10 degrees in a wide arc. The piece allowed those that witnessed the display, the chance to experience it differently each time it was visited. The display has been removed. On Feb. 9 a new set of artists and art works will start taking up new areas around the Coachella Valley. As to whether or not Smith will be a part of this project has yet to be announced.

Photo courtesy of College of the Desert. Philip K. Smith III speaks at annual State of the College.

Photo courtesy of Desert X Project. “The Circle of Land and Sky”

Smith’s large temporary instillation’s range from Joshua Tree, Coachella Music and Arts Festival, and Laguna Beach. More permanent installations reside in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Kansas City, Nashville, Oklahoma City and more.

All excited eyes are on College of the Desert, as they wait for the one of a kind piece to reflect the school’s prosperous 60th anniversary.

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