Obama’s new national monuments preserve landscape and protect Michael Heizer’s “City”

Art, Preservation, West
Monday, July 13, 2015
45°, 90°, 180° from City sculpted out of concrete and dirt. (Triple Aught Foundation. Courtesy LACMA)

45°, 90°, 180° from Heizer’s City sculpted out of concrete and dirt. (Triple Aught Foundation. Courtesy LACMA)

In an act that preserved more than a million acres from development, President Obama designated three new national monuments in California, Nevada, and Texas. While the monument in central Texas protects an archeological site where Columbian Mammoths fossils were unearthed, and Berryessa Snow Mountain, the California location, staves off potential suburban encroachment, it is the Nevada monument that holds the most excitement for those with an interest in Land Art.

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Is this enormous mile-long land-art project in the Nevada desert a national monument?

Satellite image of Michael Heizer's "City" (Google Maps)

Satellite image of Michael Heizer’s “City” (Google Maps)

According to a report in Las Vegas Weekly, the  Conservation Lands Foundation is pushing to make a project by land artist Michael Heizer, of “Levitated Mass” fame, a national monument. The newly threatened City installation is a still-incomplete collection of giant abstract structures stretching for more than a mile into the Nevada Desert.

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LACMA Prepares its Giant Rock

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The rock is wedged against its steel transporter. (All images courtesy LACMA)

If all goes according to plan, sometime in early October an enormous boulder will leave a Riverside, California quarry and a couple of weeks later roll onto the grounds of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, to become an installation called Levitated Mass.

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