Location: Western New Mexico
Year: 1977

Around the mid-'70s, Walter de Maria conceived of an idea for a new installation. He wanted a site was level and remote but at the same time was situated in a region that experienced frequent thunderstorms. After five years of searching, he decided on an area in the New Mexico desert. From June to Oct. 1977, de Maria worked on The Lightning Field, an epic work of art comprised of 400 stainless steel bars vertically embedded in the desert floor. Each time lightning strikes the rods, a new, evanescent landscape is born out of nature and art.