City in Nevada

Untimely landscape

City in Nevada

Untimely landscape

01/10/2022


Anyone driving northwestward from Las Vegas for three hours, into the Nevada desert, will find the torrid plain giving rise, like a mirage, to some geoglyphic formations with pyramid-like constructions at the center. They resemble the remains of an extinct pre-Columbian civilization, but really make up what amounts to the largest work of art in the whole wide world, City, which the Land Art pioneer Michael Heizer has finally completed after fifty years of work. Inspired by the travels he made during his youth – his archaeologist father took him along on expeditions to digs in Peru and Mexico – the Californian artist has sought to implant a landmark amid a vast landscape, but without aspiring to any mystical or ritual meaning. The colossal project, carried out thanks to the generosity of a number of dilettante millionaires, was threatened at the beginning by plans to build a railway in the vicinity for the purpose of transporting nuclear wastes. Then, in the year 2015, Barack Obama’s administration declared the entire zone a natural reserve and blessed the completion of Heizer’s City. As the Mojave Indians had done long before, he who is also the author of Levitated Mass hence leaves his ‘modest’ fingerprint on a territory heretofore sculpted only by the implacable chisel of many centuries.[+]


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