70-year old shack turned into surreal half-invisible solar-powered 'Lucid Stead'

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Lucid Stead, Phillip K Smith, III, courtesy of royale projects : contemporary art

credit: Steven King, Phillip K Smith, III, courtesy of royale projects : contemporary art

Sometimes the best way to be part of the landscape is to blend into it. Animals have been using camouflage for millions of years for survival, but there can also be aesthetic reasons to want to disappear, at least a little. That seems to be what artist Phillip K. Smith III wanted to achieve with his Lucid Stead piece, which was built near Joshua Tree in California (U2 fans will recognize that name). Conceptually, the desert itself is as used as a material in the structure of a 70-year old homesteader shack, through reflected light… (and make sure you don't miss how it looks at night -- it's not what you think!)