Land Art

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Land art is created using earth and rock. Many land art pieces have been created on the Black Rock Desert.

In 1968, Michael Heizer created Dissipate.

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.[1]


  1. "Someone wrote 'Black Lives Matter' in the Black Rock Desert. It's 4 miles wide.," Jenny Kane, Reno Gazette Journal, August 5, 2020.

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