To meet Michael Heizer, the sculptor and pioneer of Land Art, usually entails an arduous trek through the desert. Indeed, born to a family of geologists and archaeologists lead him to a fascination with mysterious sites marked by evidence of ancient technology, such as the shifting of huge stones, he has redefined sculpture in terms of size, mass, gesture, and process and working largely outside. His most important work is probably ‘Double Negative’ in 1969 and 1970, a project for which he displaced 240,000 tons of rock in the Nevada desert, cutting two enormous trenches—each one 50-feet-deep and 30-feet-wide and together spanning 1,500 feet—at the eastern edge of Mormon Mesa near Overton, Nevada.
Michael Heizer has also produced a number of abstract art prints, and his large-scale sculptures, often inspired by Native American forms, can be found in museums and public spaces worldwide. At artrepublic, meet a pioneer of Land Art.
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