PALM SPRINGS (CBSLA) — They’re not a desert mirage – an art installation of popsicles held up against this weekend’s blistering heat that obliterated real ones in Palm Springs.
A display of six actual popsicles placed in front of the “Popsicles” sculpture by artist John Cerney melted easily in the 113-degree heat that was recorded in Palm Springs Sunday. Palm Springs has been breaking high temperature records this year, thanks to recurring heat waves that have been baking most of the Western U.S.READ MORE: Halyna Hutchins Was Shot By Alec Baldwin With A Live Round On Set Of ‘Rust,’ Authorities Confirm
Palm Springs reach a new record of 120 degrees Saturday, breaking its previous record of 119 degrees set in 2012.
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Update to today's records 👇🏽
*Tentative* daily records were also set for highest minimum temperatures this AM at Palm Springs, Indio and Borrego Springs. Not quite official until midnight of course, but highly unlikely temperatures will fall below these values before then. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/5mInGPrmhE
— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) July 11, 2021
Cerney’s sculptures, meanwhile, kept up their bright appearance despite the shimmering heat. They feature five hands holding up different flavors of popsicles. The installation, which went up in March, was commissioned through a neighborhood grant program to help local artists struggling from the pandemic.MORE NEWS: Storm Not Enough To Make A Dent In California's Drought, Expert Says
The 12-foot popsicles are on display near downtown Palm Springs.