Art

Joshua Tree area and surrounding areas are rich in desert art such as Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Desert Art Museum, Desert Christ Art, The Integratron, Harrison House and others. Spread out in the desert you will find weird, wild and wonderful art like nowhere in the world.

Noah Purifoy’s Outdoor Desert Art Museum

Artist/social activist Noah Purifoy moved to Joshua Tree in 1989 at the age of 72— and constructed a veritable ghost town out of cast off plywood, old TVs, tires, and other assorted garbage. Stroll through his abandoned art city, smirk knowingly at the wry political undertones, and be moderately creeped out by the atrophy of it all. Location 62975 Blair Ln, Joshua Tree, CA 92252 ...
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The Integratron

The Integratron is a white, two-story domed building you may already know: The Integratron was built in the 1950s by ufologist George Van Tassel, based upon a dream he had in which residents of Venus (uh huh, the planet) told him to build it. Constructed entirely of wood—some of which was donated by the famous Texan-turned-Hollywood tycoon Howard Hughes—the Integratron was designed to harness and amplify the magnetic fields of the area within its dome, in order to "recharge energy into living cell structure," according to Van Tassel. Today, it's used as a place for sound baths. Visitors relax on ...
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The World Famous Crochet Museum

Smallest museum I ever did go in, but one of the cutest. Location downtown Joshua Tree ...
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The Art Queen

In the town of Joshua Tree, the Art Queen was designed by Shari Elf, a singer-songwriter and a fan of creating art from trash, and Randy Polumbo, a visual artist whose work has been displayed at Coachella, as a space to celebrate "art for art's-sake." The six buildings and the land around them feature art of all styles, much of it Burning Man–esque, but it also includes more traditional work. Artists are happy to speak with you about their inspiration, and each visit will likely include new pieces. Location 61855 Twentynine Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree ...
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Harrison House

At Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology, this is a piece of the Bay Area in the desert—literally. One-hundred years after the birth of musician Lou Harrison, his birthday was celebrated with a 24-hour party and the dedication of a gate created from original 1936 steel from the Oakland-San Francisco bridge. Along with the steel beams are fanciful depictions of the desert region's flora and fauna. Harrison's desert retreat is, in itself, impressive: The straw bale structure has a large vaulted room ideal for playing and listening to music, and the getaway has visiting artists in residence and a variety ...
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Pioneertown

In the 1940s, Hollywood investors including Roy Rogers and Gene Autry recreated an 1870s frontier town in the high desert that would be used as a set for dozens of movies in the '40s and '50s. Now it's a tourist attraction, complete with reenactments on the occasional weekend. From a tavern to a stagecoach to a general store and a cemetery, it has everything you could want in a fake ghost town. Plus, it has one of the best live music venues around—Pappy + Harriet's Pioneertown Palace—as well as the Pioneertown Motel, which has just a handful of rooms available ...
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Desert Christ Park

In the ’50s, a guy known as the Desert Pastor hired Inglewood sculptor Frank Antone Martin to put up some Jesus statues out by Yucca Valley. The steel-reinforced plaster sculptures depict Jesus doing typical Jesus things like eating the Last Supper and and holding his arms out in that way where it’s not quite clear if he’s going for the hug or a handshake. Many crumbled in a 1992 earthquake and haven’t been repaired. Location Just 7-8 miles from Joshua Tree. 56200 Sunnyslope Dr. (Yucca Valley), desertchristpark.org ...
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Seven Magic Mountains

Seven 30-foot tall stacks of fluorescent boulders constructed by New York-based artist Ugo Rondinone. The work is a symbol of human presence in the wilderness, a mirroring of the piled rocks that hikers, Girl Scouts, Luke Skywalker, and prehistoric hunter gatherers have been leaving behind since the dawn of time. Location just off I-15 just 10 miles before Las Vegas ...
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Double Negative

One man’s giant hole in the ground is another man’s art. Heizer’s two massive trenches in a Nevada mesa stretch about as long as the Empire State Building is tall. They’re not as clean cut as they were when he dug them in 1970—they’ve eroded and filled in with rubble over time—but they’re definitely still there. Heizer hopes to restore the work to more pristine shape, but for now he’s busy putting the finishing touches on his gargantuan City project. Location About 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas ...
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Salvation Mountain

This giant mound of hay bales and mud painted over with cheery Christian platitudes was constructed by Leonard Knight after his failed decade-and-a-half long quest to sew a “God Is Love” hot air balloon and fly it across the country. His creation has outlived him and become mandatory Instagram material for both deeply ironic and deeply sincere Southern California college students. Location 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles ...
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Elmer’s Long Bottle Tree Ranch

Here’s the story of Elmer Long’s Bottle Tree Ranch: There was a guy named Elmer Long. Starting when he was a kid, he and his dad would collect old bottles from trash dumps in the desert. When he was 55 he wanted to retire and build forest of metal rods decorated with his bottle collection. Location 24266 National Trails Hwy, Oro Grande, CA 92368 ...
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Anza Borrego Desert Park Sculptures

More than a hundred of Ricardo Breceda’s intricate metal sculptures of prehistoric animals, fantasy creatures, insects, and a guy in a jeep are scattered across tenish square miles of desert. Location 150 miles southeast of Los Angeles ...
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Cabazon Dinosaurs

You already know about these dinosaurs, but it’d be weird to have this list without putting them on it. So, here you go. Dinosaurs. Location Just off the 10 about 15 miles before you hit Palm Springs ...
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Rhythms of Life

Australian artist Andrew Rogers’ Earthworks geoglyphs are scattered around the globe. This design, probably his most famous. Location just a few miles north of Yucca Valley ...
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