Archinect - News 2017-08-22T16:52:47-04:00 Artist Rachel Whiteread creates two "ghost" cabins in the desert outside of Los Angeles Nicholas Korody 2017-07-25T12:15:00-04:00 >2017-08-04T13:12:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="445" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Rachel Whiteread is known for her architecturally-relevant art practice, in particular her casts of the inside of buildings. One such sculpture, a cast of a Victorian townhouse, helped secure her the Turner Prize, making her the first woman to ever win the illustrious award.<br></p> <p>The London-based artist has reprised this strategy for two installations in the California High Desert, which are featured in <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WSJ. Magazine</a></em>. Located near Joshua Tree National Park, her concrete sculptures reveal the negative space of small cabins from the 1950s that had been left in the desert.<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption> Photography by Iwan Baan for WSJ. Magazine</figcaption></figure><p>These aren&rsquo;t the only sculptures to have recently touched down in the arid landscape outside of Los Angeles. A slew of artists, including Doug Aitken, gathered together a couple months ago to create <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Desert X</a>, which was something of a festival of contemporary, site-specific works.</p> California's 'at-risk' cultural landscapes include Watts Towers Alexander Walter 2014-10-29T14:31:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T18:55:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three sites in California &mdash; the Watts Towers, Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Desert Museum in Joshua Tree and the "Bay Lights" installation on the Oakland-Bay Bridge &mdash; have been named to a list of 11 "at-risk" sites by The Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington, D.C. [...] "Landscapes often die quiet deaths when you're dealing with the elements," says foundation President Charles Birnbaum.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA engineers will study the stability of Watts Towers</a></p> Lucid Stead by artist Phillip K. Smith III illuminates Joshua Tree, California Justine Testado 2013-11-22T21:03:00-05:00 >2013-12-14T15:33:07-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now here's a little weekend inspiration. "Lucid Stead" is an art installation by Phillip K. Smith, III in the beautiful desert landscape of Joshua Tree in California. With some mirrors, LED lights, custom built electronic equipment, and Arduino programming, Smith transformed a 70-year-old homesteader shack into an architecture piece that complements and contrasts with its peaceful environment throughout the entire day.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>All images courtesy of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phillip K. Smith, III</a>; photographers: Steve King, Lance Gerber, Lou Mora (see image gallery below for details)</em></p> Yucca Crater: Ball-Nogues Archinect 2012-01-05T22:52:00-05:00 >2012-10-05T13:41:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I've read that it's biodegradable, right? I ask Ball. "It's degradable," he says. "I don't know about bio."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Our friend Katya Tylevich covers Ball Nogues Yucca Crater installation in Joshua Tree National Park, CA. You may recall <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Katya's UpStarts feature on Ball Nogues</a> that we published here a couple years ago.</p> Only 2 days remaining to contribute to Ball-Nogues' Yucca Crater Alexander Walter 2011-08-24T15:28:40-04:00 >2011-08-25T10:49:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="436" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> If you would like to support Ball-Nogues' latest architectural installation, <em>Yucca Crater</em>, a public artwork and engineered oasis for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Desert Test Sites</a> series (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously on Archinect</a>), you still have the opportunity for another 2 days, and currently all pledges are being matched by the Artists2Artists fund.</p> <p> With only a couple of days remaining, Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues are asking for your help in meeting the projected goal by making a tax-deductible donation of any size. If they do not meet their goal by this Friday, September 26th, the project does not receive any funding. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pledge here</a></p>