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Lucid Stead : the house of mirrors in the desert by Philip K Smith III

Decoration and DIY, Architecture
  • 28 February 2014

Aided by a few mirror, the American artist Phillip K Smith III transformed an old abandoned cabin in the desert of California legion into a true work of art: Lucida Stead, an “invisible” house.

Lucid Stead ©Steve King
Lucid Stead ©Lou Mora

This old hut built in the 40s was of no concern to tourists in the region of Joshua Tree. Today Lucida Stead has become a real tourist attraction and many people choose to visit this amazing accomplishment.
Here you can see the aspect of the hut before and after the intervention of Phillip K Smith III:

Lucida Stead Avant Après

The mirrors alternating with planks of wood on walls, doors and windows create an amazing optical illusion, so that one has the impression of being able to see through walls.

Lucid-Stead par Phillip K Smith III ©Steve King
Lucid Stead ©Lance Gerber

By day the arid desert landscape is reflected in the mirrors.

Lucid Stead cabane miroirs ©Lou Mora
reflets désert miroirs ©Lou Mora

By night, the windows are illuminated with bright colors thanks to a system of LED lighting.

Maison Transparente Désert ©Steve King
Lucid Stead by night ©Steve King
Maison Miroirs Désert ©Lou Mora
Lucid Stead LED by night ©Lance Gerber
Les étoiles dans le reflet des miroires de Lucid Stead ©Lance Gerber
Lucid Stead by night
©Lance Gerber

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