Goldwell Open Air Museum: A Desert Oasis of Ghostly Art

Goldwell, nestled near the eastern fringes of Death Valley, seems perfectly fitted for words such as “ghost” and “death” in its portrayal. Known for its curious sculptures sprinkled across the Amargosa Desert, the open-air museum has gained immense popularity on social media. The peculiar yet captivating museum is famed for its ghostly figures, draped and arranged to depict Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper.’

The imaginative concept was first initiated by Belgian artist Charles Albert Szulaski in 1984, using these plaster figures to form the museum’s centerpiece. His subsequent two works also featured the same eerie figures. However, only one, the Ghost Rider – a spectral figure riding a bicycle – remains standing. Following Szulaski’s innovative trail, other European artists also added their contributions. Currently, the desolate desert landscape is adorned with seven such sculptures, each adding to the uncanny yet fascinating aura of Goldwell.

Figure of Ghost Rider in the Goldwell Open Air Museum

Figure of Ghost Rider in the Goldwell Open Air Museum
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The Goldwell Open Air Museum boasts a dedicated visitor center, complete with regularly scheduled exhibits, events, and a quaint gift shop. The center welcomes visitors on select weekends throughout the summer, though the sculpture park remains accessible for exploration at any time.

In the vicinity, the Red Barn Art Center presents opportunities for artist residencies and workspace programs. It is tailored to cater to artists drawn to producing their art amidst striking and dramatic landscapes.

1 Golden St
Beatty, Nevada, 89003
United States

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