The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Conservation Lands Foundation announced their support July 10 for President Obama’s designation of the Basin and Range National Monument in central Nevada.
“This area is like no place else on Earth,” said Conservation Lands Foundation executive director Brian O’Donnell.
The designation of the Basin and Range National Monument, located about 150 miles north of Las Vegas, protects uniquely American history and culture. The area contains important archaeological sites, 19th-century settlements, Native American trails and pioneer ranching sites. Within the boundaries of the National Monument, it is the largest contemporary land art sculpture ever built, titled “City”, by acclaimed American artist Michael Heizer. The artist chose the site of Garden Valley within the Basin and Range region for its unmarred public lands.
“Designating the Basin and Range National Monument achieves two remarkable outcomes — a world-class artwork would endure into the future as it was envisioned, surrounded by sublimely beautiful open country; and a majestic Western American landscape would remain unspoiled for future generations,” said Wallis Annenberg director and CEO of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Michael Govan.
The Basin and Range National Monument encompasses several mountain ranges, along with Garden and Coal Valleys, which are distinguished by their remoteness and pristine condition. The area is home to critical plant and wildlife habitat — at least two dozen threatened and sensitive species, including some which are found nowhere outside of Nevada. The designation is the result of a decades-long effort.
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