It can be found in Lincoln County, in central-eastern Nevada, about 160 miles one way distance from Las Vegas. It was created over a fifty year period (1972 – 2022) by Michael Heizer, a member of the Heizer family that settled in the area in the 1800’s. It sits on land that belongs to the NEWE (Western Shoshone) and NUWU (Southern Paiute) Native Americans, and was built with their permission. The size of it is amazing, it is about one mile and one half in length, and one half mile wide, about the same size as the National Mall. Construction cost was about $25 million. Heizer built it in five phases, each of which has subsections. It is so large it is visible from space. Visitation is possible, but do not try it on your own. You would need an all terrain vehicle, plus you would be trespassing. The tens of thousands of acres of desert surrounding it are private property, and trespassing is not tolerated. Visitation is possible by contacting the Triple Aught Foundation which acts as the management company. The fee is $150 for adults, $100 for students. Only six visitors are allowed at one time, that means you need to line up for a spot. As is so happens Lincoln County is also the home of Area 51, and is at over 10,000 sq. miles pretty large. It takes about three days by car, over good roads to circle it. Heizer constructed another sculpture also called “Double Negative” It will be discussed in another post.
Were always interested in helping local artists, and this expensive space is a donation. Three books are on our list for this month. They are: Nevada a Strange State, Silveropolis and The Great Lake Mead Water Caper. If tou can help in any way we would appreciate it. We thank you and the books are on Amazon.