Alta Picks: Towering Assemblages

Get lost among found objects.

noah purifoy outdoor desert

Found objects of all sizes are recycled and combined into gigantic sculptures at the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum, in Joshua Tree. Esteemed Los Angeles artist Purifoy spent the last 15 years of his life creating the bulk of the 120 pieces that make up this museum. A wooden cabin festooned with old bicycles, a teetering U-shaped tower of stacked porcelain toilets, and constructed legs lined up on a plank contribute to a maze of sculptures that winds across 10 acres of the desert. Free to the public and open 365 days a year during daytime hours, the museum offers tours and educational programs.

This article appears in the Fall 2021 issue of Alta Journal.

Nasim Ghasemiyeh is an assistant editor at Alta Journal.
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