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Michael Heizer's City
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Michael Heizer's City

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Michael Heizer's City is a piece of Earth Art (aka Land Art) that is enormous, even on the scale of Earth Art, and is one of the largest sculptures ever created.

City synthesizes the history of North America architecture, drawing inspiration from ancient monuments (e.g., Mississippian mounds, Mesoamerican ball courts, Pre-Columbian sites), minimalism, industrial technology, and modern structures. Heizer also cites an interest in the ceremonial squares and associated civic monuments of cites (Wikipedia 3/2015).

Created mostly from gravels harvested from the desert valley and concrete, City consists of mounds, berms, terraces, and ramps, plus a few structures that most of us would recognize as based on traditional monuments. Much of City is constructed below ground level (or at least below berm level), which for an artist who works with "negative space," is no surprise. This, however, leaves little of City visible from the outside, but when inside, the surrounding mountains make a stark contrast with the artwork and frame it nicely.

Michael Heizer's City
Michael Heizer's City is closed to the public

Getting to City

City is located in the west-central part of Basin and Range National Monument, about 4 hours (156 miles) northeast of Las Vegas driving directly, or about 2-1/4 minutes (49 miles) northwest of the intersection of Highway 93 and Highway 318.

From Las Vegas, drive north on Interstate-15 21 miles to Highway 93. Turn left onto Great Basin Highway (Hwy 93) and top off the gas tank if necessary. Drive north past the towns of Alamo (95 miles from Las Vegas) and Ash Springs (102 miles) to the intersection of Highway 93 and Highway 318 (107 miles). Gasoline is available in Alamo, Ash Springs, and Lund, but not Rachael.

Turn left onto Highway 318 and drive west then north on Highway 318 for 17.4 miles to Seaman Wash Road on the left. The intersection is marked by a stop sign with a solar powered flashing red light, but no road signs. Turn left onto Seaman Wash Road, pass the new National Monument sign, and drive northwest to Timber Mountain Pass Road. Turn left onto Timber Mountain Pass Road and drive west to Water Gap. Continue straight on Cherry Creek Road. At about 2.7 miles out from the Water Gap sign, turn hard left onto Heizer Ranch Road. Follow the road south then west to the gate. Stop here; the land is private and not open to the public.

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Michael Heizer's City
Southeast end (view SW)
Michael Heizer's City
Middle-southeast; ranch house (view SW)
Michael Heizer's City
Middle (view SW)
Michael Heizer's City
Northwest end (view SW)
Michael Heizer's City
City -- full panorama
Michael Heizer's City
City -- southeast end
Michael Heizer's City
City -- middle section
Michael Heizer's City
City -- northwest end

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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