Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum
148 locals recommend ·
About this place
Noah Purifoy moved from Los Angeles to the desert of Joshua Tree in search of the perfect place to express his creativity. He found a piece of land, 15 acres in the town of Joshua Tree, where he spent 15 years filling up the whole place with amazing art works.
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Purifoy lived for the last 15 years of his life creating ten acres full of large-scale sculpture on the desert floor. Constructed entirely from junked materials, this otherworldly environment is one of California’s great art historical wonders.
Noah Purifoy is an African-American artist who left the south during the Great Migration and ended up in Los Angeles. He bought a property in Joshua Tree and began building sculptures from junk that he collected. It is open to the public and free to walk around - it is a local artist landmark.
Fascinating history and interesting exhibition. Kids will love it too! It is an outdoor museum, not a stuffy art space
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