For my #FridayFieldTrip I visited the land art piece, Double Negative, by Michael Heizer, near Overton, Nevada. It was completed in 1970 and is owned by the Los Angeles Modern Art Museum. It’s two eroding caverns in an isolated section of desert on the Mormon Mesa (Also called the Virgin River Mesa).
I do wish there was a sign with a catalog description, as there would be with a piece in the museum. It would have been nice to get some information while standing there.
There are pictures on the web that show Double Negative in it’s original form, but over the past 46 years it has been weathered and beaten up a bit, so the sides aren’t plumb. And, I think that’s one of the cool aspects of land art. There’s the original vision, and then the ongoing effects of wind and rain and humans and animals and whatever else might come. The holes are pretty deep and I guess I could have scrambled down, but it didn’t feel like the right thing to do; so, I took some pictures, contemplated life (it’s incredibly quiet there!), and then headed on my way.
The view from the top of the mesa down into the valley of the Virgin River was simply amazing.