After the plywood, paper and chicken wire, the contractor applied stucco and a day later is putting on a top coat in a lighter color.
Parts of the Desert X website are functioning, and I was able to learn that this installation is “Curves and Zigzags” by the artist Claudia Comte. Here’s more from the website:
“Curves and Zigzags” is the third work from an ongoing series of free-standing walls that straddle painting and sculpture. Comte’s practice embraces all media with equal ferocity and she uses this series to examine what happens when two-dimensional painting is superimposed on three-dimensional structure. Unlike graffiti artists, her walls are built specifically for the work they carry. In “Curves and Zigzags”, the painting starts with a stringent geometric composition that gradually morphs into a more organic wave-like pattern reminiscent of Bridget Riley’s optical paintings or the gardens of Burle Marx. Playing on the constant exchange of dualities – nature and culture, order and chaos, geometric and organic form – Comte’s wall suggests a walk through the shifting sands of abstraction and on to a place where beauty and contemplation sit side by side.
You can read a biography of the artist on a gallery website here.
The contractor delivered a cargo container (that you can see in one of the photos) for the artist to use while working on her installation, to store materials and whatnot. How exciting – we should meet her in a couple days!