Design After 50 years, Michael Heizer has finished his “City” in the desert
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After 50 years, Michael Heizer has finished his “City” in the desert

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Tommaso Berra
City | Collater.al

It was 1970 when in Lincoln County, in the Nevada desert, American artist Michael Heizer began construction of what in size is among the largest site-specific contemporary artworks ever built, occupying an area of 2×0.4km.
City” will finally open on September 2, after half a century of work and $40 million spent on its construction. In spite of its name, the work resembles a city, or only in its alternating volumes, indentations and pathways, which inserted in the desert create a sci-fi movie ambience like Villeneuve’s “Dune” or Star Wars.
The inspiration, however, came to Michael Heizer while he was visiting Yucatan, intent on studying the pre-Columbian constructions of the Maya and Chichen Itza in particular.

Heizer fuses the concepts and forms of these prehistoric constructions with those of the modern city, such as minimalism and industrialization, using mainly rock, concrete and compacted earth.
“City” is an exploratory journey without paths, without guides and signs, but is conceived as a free space in which to feel the weight and grandeur of the work and its 5 main structures.
For the time being, entry is allowed only by reservation and to a maximum number of six visitors per day.

City | Collater.al
City | Collater.al
City | Collater.al
City | Collater.al
City | Collater.al
City | Collater.al
City | Collater.al
City | Collater.al
City | Collater.al
City | Collater.al
City | Collater.al
City | Collater.al
City | Collater.al
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Written by Tommaso Berra
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