Desert X 2021: Art Installations Scattered Throughout the Coachella Valley

Desert X is a biennial art installation that takes over the Coachella Valley and creates somewhat of an art scavenger hunt throughout the area. The exhibit works with artists worldwide to create works inspired by the desert, its history, and its beauty. This is the third time they have held the event and my third time visiting. I always love finding the different pieces, and you really never know what is in store for you. Here is all the information so you can check it out for yourself.


  • Free
  • It runs until May 16
  • It takes a full day to experience
  • Two exhibits require tickets online; reserve tickets on their website

How to see it

I would recommend that you visit the website and download the Desert X app. The app will show you the location of each of the art pieces, tell you more about them and allow you to get directions right to them. You can also stop by the Desert X hub at the ACE Hotel in Palm Springs. There you can ask questions, get a brochure and also buy Desert X merchandise.


Here is a video I made on my trip to Desert X in 2021.

The Art

Here are each of the art pieces that I saw.

What Lies Behind the Walls – Zahrah Alghamdi

The Wishing Well – Serge Attukwei Clottey

The Passenger – Eduardo Sarabia

Women’s Qualities – Ghada Amer

Never Forget – Nicholas Galanin

ParaPivot (sempiternal clouds) – Alicja Kwade

Because You Know Ultimately We Will Band A Militia – Xaviera Simmons

Jackrabbit Homestead – Kim Stringfellow

Tamanrasset – Vivian Suter

Gucci and The North Face

That’s it for this year’s Desert X. Let me know what your favorite piece was in the comments!

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