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In 1968, Michael Heizer created the Land Art piece "Dissipate" on the Black Rock Desert near the 12-mile entrance.


  • Dissipate Center For Land Use Interpretation
  • Landscape Architecture Magazine, "Gardens and the Death of Art," 7/98, p. 90-94 (archive.org index listing)
  • Suzaan Boettger, "Earthworks: Art and the Landscape of the Sixties." University of California Press, 2002, ISBN 0520241169, 9780520241169 315 pages. p. 114
    • ""Hiezer would recall that Heiner Freidrich was the first to give him money, in 1968, "but the guy who really helped me was Bob Scull" Heizer collectively title the works commissioned by Scull Nine Nevada Depressions. Made between August and September 1968, Heizer's 520-mile lie of loops, faults troughs and intersections linked nine sites on dry lakes located on government-owned land in Nevada, along the Nevada-California border."
    • "For another of these Depressions, number eight, Heizer determined the placement of the five rectangular trenches of Dissipate by the compositional device of dropping five matchsticks. Their arrangement according to the laws of chance because his plan."
  • Erika Suderburg, "Space, Site, Intervention: Situating Installation Art," University of Minnesota Press, 2000, ISBN 081663159X, 9780816631599 370 pages.
    • p. 133: "In the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, Michael Heizer digs a series of rectangles, which he then lines with wood. Dissipate(Nine Nevada Depressions 8) (1968) is based on the arbitrary droppings of a series of matchsticks - Duchampian stoppages made incendiary."
    • p. 143 footnote: "6. The work's compositional structure was based on a chance operation: "The matchsticks were employed as a dispersing device. They were dropped from two feet above a sheet of paper and taped down. The photograph of this dispersal became the drawing for Dissipate. (Matches are always applied to disintegrative tasks; the original drop-drawing would catch fire at any time)"; Michael Heizer, "The Art of Michael Heizer," Artforum, December 1969, as quoted in Gilles A. Tiberhien, Land Art (Princeton, N.J.: Architectural Press, 1995), 23. This action is related to Marcel Duchamp's Three Standard Stoppages (1913-14), which a series of "rulers" who shapes was determined by dropping pieces of string. The "stoppages" were then used as arbitrary units of measurement and shape for Duchamp's painting Network of Stoppages(1914)."
  • "The art of Michael Heizer," Art Forum, December, 1969. The captions for the photos were written by Heizer.
  • "Nine Nevada Depressions, Dissipate #8," (mit). Dissipate after 365 days
  • Dissipate. No.8 of Nine Nevada Depressions (University of Stuttgart) (archive.org)
    • Image of Dissipate (archive.org)
    • "For this work, let Michael Heizer matches fall on paper and fixed them as they lay, with adhesive. This template was then used to transfer the structure into the landscape, with around three-meter-long wooden objects were embedded in the ground."
  • Heizer was exposed to numerous influences during his youth that would later shape his art... (rolu.terapad.com, dead link) (archive.org) Image of match stick drawing that defined the layout. Includes three images:
    • The lower legs of a man standing on wet pavement with matches in the foreground, titled "windows"
    • A painting titled "windows matchdrop dispersal 1968"
    • A black and white photograph of Dissipate titled "dissipate 1968"
    • The images might be from "Die Sammlung Marzona": Arte Povera, Minimal Art, Concept Art, Land Art : Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien im Palais Liechtenstein, 14. Juni 1995-17. September 1995. The UC Berkeley Library has a copy
  • www.izinsizgosteri.net - Image of Dissipate
  • Photo by Yale Joel from 1968 Life Magazine
  • The Marzona Collection likely has some resources