The works are aimed at adventurers who find their exhibitions and museums in the desert
After heavy winter snowfalls and a long ski season, the slopes have never looked so beautiful, crooked and treacherous. It had nothing to do with the snowy conditions and the artifacts that mysteriously appeared in March.
Snowboarders and skiers at Purgatory Resort express their joy by running wild in beautiful photo frames placed on random trees.
"I recently found your gallery and loved it," wrote one person on social media. "I hope someone can find a way to communicate with these mysterious people."
A search and a bit of luck lead The Mountain Mystery Society and a guerrilla (without Purgatory's permission) to an art project inspired by a man wandering through the trees.
"It came to me about three months ago when I was skiing at Bard (Happy)," says Lil' Bud, whose real name remains a mystery to others. "It's the perfect place to create a kind of gallery."
Lil heard from a friend that the Canadian mountain resort of Revelstoke in British Columbia was paying artists to create "cool art installations," and then a light went on for Lil and she thought, why not here?
“I didn't want it to be just my art, so I reached out to a group of local art friends to see if they would be willing to share their art with me,” says Leal. "And then I edited it on my computer system and then I printed it on aluminum."
Five artists participated in the work. His creations are cast in aluminum to withstand the elements, then epoxy coated in a handcrafted antique frame for a timeless look.
Leal describes her work as a digital collage. Includes 1970s mixed media with vintage advertisements, botanical magazines from the 1700s and 1900s.
"I take photos and use them in a funnier new age style," he says. – It is largely based on what I like to do as a hobby. I am a great skier. I like the mountains, I like swimming in the rivers. So there was a lot of art that made me happy. I really like vintage clothes and the style of the 50s. So I always try to bring that to my art.
The Mountain Art Show is a new adventure for Lil', whose work has been featured in galleries and was featured exclusively on the cover of Digio Durango's biweekly magazine.
"I'm a big fan of Banksy and I do different street art for people, and I know it's more political, but I wanted to give everyone something to enjoy," Leal said. "Not everyone likes galleries and not everyone goes to museums. So I thought it would be nice to set it in nature."
Leal and his father plan to hang the painting on the tree with wood-friendly nails and screws, Leal said, adding that they are trying to hang the painting on the tree. It already seemed dead.
Fourteen of them are spread all over the mountain, so no matter how you ski, there's always something new to see.
"We hope to be able to do some installations around Durango soon," Leal said. – The idea is that we can hike another trail, maybe the Colorado Trail, maybe up to Silverton and do something, maybe even up to Wolf Creek. This is just the beginning."
Lil' has heard a lot of positive feedback from the folks at Purgatory and it's all worth it.
"I really wanted to give skiers and snowboarders an interesting and unique experience by sharing our art," he says. “I tried really hard to make it as interesting and visually appealing as possible. The point is for people to have fun, to bring joy and fun to people when they ski."
For those interested in following the framed vintage breadcrumbs to learn about the artist behind the mystery of the mountains, please visit: https://www.lilbuddesigns.com/