Desert X 2021: The North Face x Gucci Pit Stop

To celebrate their collaboration and support of Desert X, Gucci and The North Face created a stylish geodesic dome to serve as the dedicated Pit Stop for visitors to Desert X 2021. This installation is covered in patterns from The North Face x Gucci collection, using different materials that relate to landscapes, travel and exploration.

Located in downtown Palm Springs, The Pit Stop is located in close proximity to a number of hiking trails in the area and just steps away from the Palm Springs Art Museum and the entrance of the Cactus to Clouds trailhead, a challenging 19.8 mile point-to-point trail featuring soaring Coachella Valley vistas.

Desert X 2021: “What Lies Behind the Walls” by Zahrah Alghamdi

Zahrah Alghamdi’s monolithic wall is comprised of stacked forms impregnated with cements, soils, and dyes specific to the California Desert region.

She expresses a highly individualized language corresponding to feelings, cultural identity, memory, loss and emotions associated with this place and time.

Her laborious and meticulous process involves assembling particles of earth, clay, rocks, leather, and water to draw on the notion of “embodied memory.”

Desert X 2021: “The Wishing Well” by Serge Attukwei Clottey

Serge Attukwei Clottey’s massive installation was created using woven pieces of recycled yellow plastic Kufuor gallons once used to transport water in Ghana.

“As repurposed relics of the colonial project, they serve as a constant reminder of the legacies of empire and of global movements for environmental justice.

The Wishing Well refers to the wells to which many people around the world must trek daily, sometimes many miles, to access water.

A close-up of the assembled Kufuor gallons, or jerrycans, Europeans introduced to the people of Ghana to transport cooking oil.