Decades in the making, Michael Heizer’s colossal desert City readies for its public debut

Five decades and one national monument designation later, sculptor and land artist Michael Heizer’s sprawling pièce de resistance in the high desert of eastern Nevada is completed and ready to receive visitors beginning September 2 on a limited and reservations-only basis.

First Initiated in 1970 when the Bay Area–born artist was 27, Heizer’s City is a large-scale earthwork—a real-deal megasculpture composed of compacted dirt, rock, and concrete—that spans 1.5-miles-long and half-mile-wide within Basin and Range National Monument, which was designated in 2015 by former President Barack Obama to protect the vast 704,000-acre landscape from industrial exploitation and a planned geologic repository for radioactive waste

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