SPINE OF THE EARTH, 1980
Pigment, rock, wood sundial.
El Mirage Dry Lake, Mojave Desert
Spine of the Earth was originally created on El Mirage Dry Lake bed in the Mojave Desert of California in the fall of 1980. It was an ephemeral pigment based land work that was commenced with a performance by Long Beach State University art students who laid red, yellow and black pigment on the desert floor in a geometric pattern over six hundred feet in diameter. Albuquerque used the earth as an almost two-dimensional drawing surface and the final piece could only be seen in its entirety from the sky above.