'Seven Magic Mountains' art display vandalized by taggers

The 'Seven Magic Mountains' art display was vandalized with graffiti on Sunday, June 5, 2016. (KSNV/Gai Phanalasy)

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) - Less than a month after the art installation was set up near I-15, the "Seven Magic Mountains" display has been vandalized.

Amanda Horn, the director of communications at the Nevada Museum of Art, confirmed the incident on Sunday.

"Yes, we are very upset about this vandalism," Horn said. "It is something we knew was a risk when we installed an art display on public lands."

The seven colorful, colossal stone formations defy gravity and were created by internationally renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone.

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The installation, situated on the far southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard along I-15, is about half an hour from downtown Las Vegas. The piece will be on view for two years and first debuted on May 11.

"We are very fortunate it hasn't happened until now. We are very fortunate for the people visiting the artwork and appreciating its beauty; 99.9 percent of the people are truly enjoying it and respecting it," Horn said. "But unfortunately, the 0.1 percent are bent on destruction."

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The Nevada Museum of Art has already contacted its contractors and plans to correct the artwork on Monday. Still, the museum and artists are appreciative of those who took the time to enjoy the public art display.

"The producers and artists are very impressed and grateful for how the Las Vegas community has rallied around this work to celebrate it," Horn said. "It has far surpassed all expectations and we are extremely grateful to the people of Las Vegas and the area communities for respecting and appreciating it."

As of this time, there are no suspects identified in relation to the vandalism.

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