By artist Michael Heizer (1970)
‘Double Negative’, a large scale land art sculpture in the middle of the Nevada Desert, is conceived by artist Michael Heizer and funded by gallery owner Virginia Dwan. Two trenches are separated and lined up by a natural gap in Mormon Mesa. The total distance of the two trenches and the gap measure 1,500 feet long, 50 feet deep. Over 240,000 tons of sandstone and rhyolite was removed during the the construction of the trenches. The sculpture site is owned by LACMA through a gift from Virginia Dwan. Property surrounding Double Negative is owned by the U.S. Government Bureau of Land Management.
To see the site requires a four-wheel drive vehicle. Careful directions, instructions and a clear map can be found on the above web site, maintained by Nick Tarasen.
Goldwell Open Air Museum
Amaragosa Valley, NV (Near Rhyolite)
P.O. Box 405 Beatty,
Tel: (+1) 702 870 9946
This unusual sculpture park is 120 miles north of Las Vegas in the middle of the Mojave Desert. The nearest settlement is a ghost town called Rhyolite. Work displayed in the desert were mainly by Belgium artists; Charles Albert Szukalski, Fred Bervoets, Hugo Heyman and others.
Open daily, admission free of charge.
Nevada Museum of Art
Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts
E. L. Wiegand Gallery
160 West Liberty Street
Reno NV 89501
Tel: (+ 1) 775 329 3333
Opened in May 2003, the new museum was designed by architect Will Bruder. A dramatic curved black- zinc surface wraps around the outside of the 13,500 square foot four-story building. There are two sculpture gardens and a rooftop terrace. In addition a new art and environment centre has opened as a centre for research, archival footage and the creation of works that are environmentally-themed.
Open Wednesday to Sunday 10m till 5pm. Late nights on Thursdays. Admission fee applies.
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