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The Little Prince author Antoine De Saint-Exupery once wrote, "What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well." This past weekend, it also hid a secret restaurant, a crochet camp site and glowing googly eyes.
High Desert Test Sites drew art lovers out to the desert for an opening weekend of experimental art. The series, which runs through Oct. 19, feels like a scavenger hunt across the arid landscape of Joshua Tree and its environs, encouraging exploration and a heavy dependence on GPS directions.
Founded by artist Andrea Zittel and Aurora Tang, the program is now in its ninth incarnation, after starting in 2002. The projects are interventions into the desert terrain and range from cerebral explorations to psychedelic experiments to whimsical installations.
This year the program is more ambitious than past, with 60 projects taking place over the course of a week and covering 700 miles of desert road from Joshua Tree to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sites include Giant Rock in Landers, Acrosanti in Arizona, El Malpais National Monument in New Mexico, Palms Restaurant and Saloon in Wonder Valley and many others.
With so many projects and so much ground to cover, hitting them all is ambitious. Here is just a sampling of some of the projects we saw:More »