10 acres of “Environmental Sculptures” in the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree National Park.
“Shelter” – One of Noah Purifoy’s darker works.
“White/Colored” – Born in Snow Hill, Alabama in 1917, Noah Purifoy lived and worked most of his life in Los Angeles/Watts and Joshua Tree, California, where he died in 2004.
“Aurora Borealis” and the Beardo in the window.
Noah Purifoy was no stranger to the themes of resistance and change. Before moving to the desert he served as the founding director of the Watts Towers in nearby Los Angeles, where he witnessed firsthand the Watts Riots of the 1960s. After the riots subsided, Purifoy took to the streets and collected debris, such as broken furniture and melted neon signs, and channeled his anger and bitterness into a collaborative art piece.
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“Untitled (Car Doors)”
Purifoy intended for his works to be displayed in their natural environment and process of decay. Resisting the ideologies of institutionalized art, Purifoy insisted, “I do assemblage. I don’t do maintenance.”