Yucca Crater Finished

photo of yucca crater art project
Photos courtesy Scott Mayoral
photo of yucca crater art project

photo of yucca crater art project

In November of last year we showed you the plans in the making for Yucca Crater, an interactive art structure to be placed in the High Desert Test Site near California's Joshua Tree National Park. The project was finished and opened the weekend of Oct. 15.

Ball Nogues Studio describes the art as a "synthetic earth work that doubles as a recreational amenity." The structure stands 30 feet from rim to low point and has rock climbing holds for scaling the inside of the basin.

The plywood used on Yucca Crater was originially used in Ball Nogues' Talus Dome as formwork. The two projects were "cross-designed," where the materials producing the first piece were meant for the appealing physical qualities of the second.

"This approach integrates concept, aesthetics and production, inviting viewers to reconsider their relationship to art by-products while repositioning them within an alternative economic and geographic domain," said a release from Ball Nogues Studio. We couldn't agree more with whatever that means.

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