Dubbed Lucid Stead, this 70-year-old, weather-beaten cabin underwent an extreme makeover back in October at the hands of artist Phillip K Smith III. By adding large mirrored rectangles in the place of windows and doors, along with mirrored panels that cut horizontally across the façade, the cabin almost completely disappears during the daytime, transparent save—if you look closely enough—a few ghostly beams. The artist sights movement of the sun as a major factor in his work and, indeed, the cabin's appearance is constantly changing throughout the day. At night, a series of LED lights—some outfitted over the doors and windows and some glowing white from within—turn the shack into a candy-colored, glowing "mirage or hallucination" against the otherwise empty landscape, quite different from its mercurial daytime form.
"Lucid Stead is about tapping into the quiet and the pace of change of the desert," says Smith of the project. "When you slow down and align yourself with the desert, the project begins to unfold before you. It reveals that it is about light and shadow, reflected light, projected light, and change." Do check out the video, below.
· Lucid Stead installation by Phillip K Smith III makes a desert cabin appear transparent [Dezeen]
· Lucid Stead Opens [Phillip K. Smith III Official Website]