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Land art of the West: An interactive map

Infographic/Photo Essay - June 25, 2012 by Jonathan Thompson


Land art is not by any means a purely Western phenomenon. Big, monumental sculptures, along with smaller, more ephemeral works, can be found throughout the world. But the big land art movement really was born in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the West, when Michael Heizer, Robert Smithson, Walter DeMaria and others came to see the desert as a sort of canvas. Land art continues to thrive in the West, and this map provides a guide not only to the classic works, but also to some newer ones (and ancient "land art"). Click on the icons for more information. Blue = land art; Pink = altered landscapes of a less artistic sort.

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