“mysterious and massive”
City is a piece of earth art located in Garden Valley, a desert valley in rural Nevada. The work was begun in 1972 by the artist Michael Heizer and is ongoing. When complete, it will be one of the largest sculptures ever built. City will open to the public in 2020. Like Heizer's previous "Double Negative" (1969), City is designed and executed on a massive scale. Covering a space approximately one and a quarter miles long and more than a quarter of a mile wide, City is one of the largest sculptures ever created. Using earth, rocks and concrete as building materials and assembled with heavy machinery, the work comprises five phases, each consisting of a number of structures referred to as complexes, with some of the structures reaching a height of eighty feet. City attempts to synthesize ancient monuments, Minimalism and industrial technology. Heizer's inspiration for the work came while he was visiting the Yucatan and studying Chichan Itza. Heizer also cites an interest in the ceremonial squares and associated civic monuments of cites.
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