ADVENTURES IN OUR AMERICAN DREAM travel blog

Jerry and the" Ghost Rider" by Charles Albert Szukalski

Check out this colorful couch...

Close view of the awesome colors of tiles...

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Lady Desert The Venus of Nevada by Dr.Hugo Heyrman...

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Jerry and the "Last Supper" my favorite..

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It was a cool place to visit, most unusual...

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Last one!


We had a fun day exploring the area around Beatty today. We visited the ghost town of Rhyolite and the Goldwell Open Air Museum. The Goldwell Open Air Museum is an outdoor sculpture park, the 7.8-acre site is located about 4 miles west of Beatty off State Route 374. About 5 miles further west is Death Valley, National Park. The nonprofit museum was organized in 2000 after the death of Albert Szukalski, the Belgian artist who created the site's first sculptures in 1984 near the abandoned railway station in Rhyolite. The sculpture, The Last Supper, consists of ghostly life-sized forms arranged as in the painting The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. Szukalski molded his shapes by draping plaster-soaked burlap over live models until the plaster dried enough to stand on its own. In the same year, using the same techniques, Szukalski also created Ghost Rider, a plaster figure preparing to mount a bicycle. Between then and 2007, other artists, including three other Belgians, added new works to the project. In 1989, Szukalski created Desert Flower, an assemblage of chrome car parts found in the desert. In the 1990s, Hugo Heyrman added Lady Desert: The Venus of Nevada, a cinder block sculpture in part based on the idea of the pixel. Fred Bervoets, in Tribute to Shorty Harris, celebrated one of the prospectors whose mining discovery of 1904 led to a gold rush in Rhyolite. I will also be doing a second update on the ghost town of Rhyolite, please check back later for more.

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