Art in deserts

Open skies, expansive emptiness, great light, and colossal space – welcome to the mesmerizing world of art in deserts. It’s really easy to understand why the desert is a truly monumental and irresistible blank canvas for any earth, land or installation artist.

As challenging as it can be, desert environments offer a stunningly beautiful landscape that can produce some of the most breathtaking art pieces. The exquisite and diverse features, flora, and fauna of the desert environment make great artworks.

Art in deserts portrays a variety of elements and unforgettable scenes of desert environments and their special charm. The most popular creators of desert art include Michael Heizer and Walter De Maria.

Insignificant mysteries in Ron Jude’s Lago

Ron Jude’s work has always been characterized by a depth and character that other artists and photographers can only hope to attain. Jude’s pictorial practice can be likened to the work of other renowned photographers such as Gregory Halpern and John Divola. As a matter of fact, Jude credits John Divola as a significant source …

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Sebastião Salgado in Kuwait & A desert on fire

In the early 1990s, Kuwait hit news reports around the world for the war that different nations fought within its boundaries. In the years following that event, Kuwait and the effects of its war on citizens have inspired countless works of art around the world. They have inspired movies, songs, and paintings. Sebastiao Salgado came …

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Burning Man & The best art cars

Every year, thousands of tourists and locals flock to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to mark the Burning Man festival. They usually create Black Rock City, a time-based metropolis dedicated to self-expression, community, art, and independence. Every year, people turn this place into one of the most jam-packed cities in the world with tents, RVs, camps, …

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The story behind Walter de Maria’s impressive Lightning field

The Lightning Field created by sculptor Walter De Maria is today celebrated as one of the 20th century’s most noteworthy installations of land art. As one of the seminal artists and the founding fathers of land art, Walter De Maria completely revolutionized how audiences perceived art, especially during the 1960s, when the land art movement …

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Public Delivery goes East: Golden balloons in Central Asia & beyond

We are closing off 2018 with a selection of recent performances from our Silence Was Golden project. These golden balloons were blown up loosely around the Silk Road, including some of the most remote locations in Central Asia, such as the desert of Turkmenistan and other rugged and sparsely populated spots in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. …

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Aleix Plademunt in Dubailand, the world’s most expensive theme park

After being exposed to numerous renderings and 3d models of Dubailand, a new place near Dubai, photographer Aleix Plademunt decided to visit the place. Dubailand was compiled over a 3-month period that saw Aleix Pledemunt travel across the rich oasis of Dubai, which is a city that has come to be known for its opulent …

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Steve McCurry’s magic India moments – Glamorous & worrying

Photographer Steve McCurry has been traveling to various parts of the globe photographing and capturing different subjects and people. His photography has led him down hidden pathways and streets, searching for what he calls the magic moment when color, light, and emotion work together in perfect harmony to create a beautiful picture. His search is …

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North Korea’s Mansudae Art Studio & their overseas projects

Artwork from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has always been a trademark for modern socialist realism. Although North Korea is well known for being the most secretive nation in the world, the largely unknown nation is certainly not shy when it comes to publicizing their statues, monuments, grand festivals, and celebrations. In particular, a …

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Doug Wheeler’s Synthetic Desert at Guggenheim – 46 years in the making

Over 40 years ago, a leading Light and Space artist called Doug Wheeler imagined an art project that resembled the tranquility you would experience if you travelled to an expansive desert such as the one in Arizona. For a long time, the idea only existed on paper due to the amount of resources it required …

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These photos of Burning Man will make you want to go immediately

Victor Habchy is a French photographer and director. He was lucky enough to get a ticket to Burning Man, an annual festival in the middle of the desert of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert in the US. He describes the event as life-changing, spending a full week without electricity, sleeping in a tent in desert heat …

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Ugo Rondinone’s colorful mountains sculptures

Far in the desert south of the city of Las Vegas in Nevada, you will find seven colossal pillars of stones made by pilling small, colorful pebbles perpendicularly. The figures appear poised between monumentality and collapse, creating a striking sight amidst barren landscapes. Titled Seven Magic Mountains, the shapes were installed by internationally-renowned New York-based …

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Daesung Lee’s photography – 75% of Mongolia might turn into a desert

Daesung Lee’s Futuristic Archeology project deals with the nomadic people of Mongolia. Although Mongolia has seen increasing modernization and urbanization in recent decades, approximately 35% of Mongolians still live a traditional nomadic lifestyle, thus depending on the vast land and their relationship with the land to survive. However, environmental changes have put their way of …

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This $265,000 Burning Man sculpture burned to ashes

The Pier Group, a collective of artists, engineers, and builders, came together and spent a budget of $265,000 in order to create Embrace, the 72-foot (22 meter) sculpture of two figures embracing, whose fleeting life would end up in flames at the Burning Man festival. The enormous sculpture had previously supported an internal staircase that …

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