10 acres of environmental sculptures waste away 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.
Before moving to the desert, Noah Purifoy served as the founding director of the Watts Towers in South LA, where he witnessed firsthand the Watts Riots of the 1960s.
After the riots subsided, Purifoy took to the streets, collected found materials, and channeled his anger 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.”
Protecting and preserving historic, sacred, and sensitive sites should be practiced by all. Locations, directions, and names to some of the places found on this site are not listed, please don’t ask for them. Tread lightly, leave no trace and always respect the wonder that surrounds you.