Palm Springs art installments

In the nineteenth century, Palm Springs was a major stop on the rail line from Los Angeles to Prescott, Arizona. To encourage more people to travel to this desert town,
"the railroad allowed artists to ride in exchange for their paintings and drawings of the scenery at various stopping points — pictures of Western landscapes that would entice travelers to explore life beyond the Mississippi River. By the 1920s, American and European Impressionist painters who had plied their trade on the East Coast took to the rails in search of fresh sources of inspiration — and a healthier climate — in Southern California’s deserts, mountains, canyons, forests, and coastlines."

Notable Works

Marilyn Monroe

"Marilyn Monroe statue returns to Palm Springs, to cheers and jeers"

Desert X

"The 2022 exhibition explores ideas of mirage and oasis, both intrinsic to desert history and culture"


"Etherea seemingly breathes with the wind and clouds, and its optical effect shifts with the light, atmospheric conditions"

History of Suspended Time

"[This] was originally created as a performance during which Lebrija hoisted a restored car above a lake with a crane and then dropped the car into the water while filming it with a high-speed camera."

Noah Purifoy

"'I do not wish to be an artist, I only wish that art enables me to be.'"

Salvation Mountain

"What started as a small monument made of dirt and painted cement became, over time, a sprawling adobe and hay-bale mountain complex"

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