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Heizer City

Land surrounding Michael Heizer's in-progress artwork "City" in central Nevada will be protected as part of a national monument that President Obama created.

Land surrounding Michael Heizer's in-progress artwork "City" in central Nevada will be protected as part of a new national monument that President Obama is creating.

ELY — The Bureau of Land Management has accepted the donation of a 1,316-acre conservation easement on private lands that contains “City,”a remarkable piece of earth art under development by internationally renowned contemporary artist Michael Heizer.

The easement is located in the Garden Valley area near Hiko in the Basin and Range National Monument.

The massive sculpture measures more than a mile long and a quarter of a mile wide. It contains earthen mounds and pits, cinder-dyed cement slopes, and geometric cement forms that capture shifting sun and shadows.

Heizer—a pioneer in the earthworks movement—has been working on City since 1972 and anticipates completing it by 2020.

“Michael Heizer’s City is at the heart of Basin and Range National Monument, and its scope and detail are breathtaking. When President Obama asked me to explain it, I said I couldn’t — it simply has to be experienced.,” said Senator Harry Reid. “Heizer is an artist unlike anyone else, dedicating nearly 50 years of his life to City. Soon, the entire world will get to experience this magnificent sculpture.”

Reid thanked the BLM, Triple Aught Foundation and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for working with him to protect the project.

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The Triple Aught Foundation—a nonprofit organization dedicated to owning and displaying Heizer’s work—owns the land on which the sculpture is built. To ensure the long-term protection of the artwork and surrounding area, the foundation initially granted a conservation easement on that land to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the museum subsequently offered to donate the easement to the Department of the Interior.

Under the easement agreement, the Triple Aught Foundation will continue to own the fee title to the land and the BLM will have the ability to prevent development that is incompatible with the protection of the artwork and the surrounding area.

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