Land art is created using earth and rock. Many land art pieces have been created on the Black Rock Desert.
Artists at the mid-1990' era Burning Man events used the clay of the playa to create sculptures that had were lit from within with a wood fire.
In the late 2000's, Jim Denevan drove a bus around the playa and made intricate patterns visible only from the air.
In 2020, the phrase "Black Lives Matter" was created on the desert using one or more vehicles.
- "Someone wrote 'Black Lives Matter' in the Black Rock Desert. It's 4 miles wide.," Jenny Kane, Reno Gazette Journal, August 5, 2020.
- "Etched by trucks in the desert sand: At 9 miles around, gargantuan circle is the world's largest artwork" UK Mail, 16 December 2009