Support Ball-Nogues Desert Drama

Everyone’s favorite installation architects, Ball-Nogues Studio, are producing one of their most ambitious works to date: The Yucca Crater, a 24-foot-tall installation in the middle of the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree. The project’s wavy wood shell will contain rock climbing holds on its interior, rising out of eight feet of water (the basin, the firm describes, is a nod to abandoned suburban swimming pools scattered across the Mojave).

The wood will come from the formwork of another Ball-Nogues project, Talus Dome, in Edmonton, Canada. It is being built for High Desert Test Sites (HDTS), an initiative that invites artists to create experimental projects scattered among towns near Joshua Tree National Park like Joshua Tree, Pioneertown, Wonder Valley, Yucca Valley, and 29 Palms.

Other HDTS installations have included The Crystal Cave Project, the recreation of a desert swap meet that had been discontinued by local government, and Untitled, a compilation of hovering doors and windows without a surrounding building.

Check out a video of the Yucca Crater installation or donate to the project here. According to the firm donations through microphilanthropy group United States Artists need to be received by this Friday. So far they’ve raised just over half their goal, so pony up if you want to see this thing happen.

©Allison Porterfield

©Allison Porterfield

©Ball Nogues

©Ball Nogues

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