Beginning Friday, September 2, 2022, Michael Heizer’s City (1970–2022), a vast sculpture in the desert of central Nevada, is open to the public. More than half a century in the making—a time scale suggestive of the immemorial cultures that have inspired it—City is as starkly uncompromising as the high desert of Nevada’s Basin and Range National Monument, the environment that is its setting and substance. Composed of shaped mounds and depressions made of compacted dirt, rock, and concrete, City is more than a mile and a half long and a half mile wide. Long-term care of the work is managed by Triple Aught Foundation, a not-for-profit organization.
In 2022, reservations may be requested for dates between September 2 and November 1. Requests may be made only by writing to email@example.com and will be answered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Michael Heizer, 45°, 90°, 180°, City, 1970–2022 © Michael Heizer. Photo: Ben Blackwell, courtesy Triple Aught Foundation
American Academy of Arts and Letters
On May 19, 2021, Michael Heizer will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters during a virtual award ceremony. Founded in 1898, the organization honors the country’s leading visual artists, architects, composers, and writers, and seeks to foster interest in literature, music, and art by administering awards, exhibiting work, funding performances, and purchasing artwork for donation to museums. Election into the American Academy of Arts and Letters is considered the highest form of recognition of artistic merit in the United States, and its 300 members are elected for life.
Michael Heizer, Complex One, City, 1970– © Michael Heizer. Photo: Mary Converse