APPRECIATING AND RESPONSIBLY INTERACTING WITH OUR DESERTS
The desert landscape is an intricate work of art. With sweeping sand dunes and endless horizon lines, the desert may seem like a blank canvas; but it is actually a rich landscape teeming with life that has adapted to the unique climate over millions of years. The more people who discover the wonder of the California Desert, the more it will be used as a platform for creative expression. Artists have long played a role in telling the story of the Mojave — but in telling one story, we must ensure we are not ending another.
The Mojave Desert Land Trust is partnering with the Joshua Treenial to launch Reading the Landscape, a set of guidelines to help artists make informed decisions about engaging with this land and its delicate ecosystems. These tips are a resource to advise artists throughout their creative processes, to ensure that each step is done in a way that will preserve the landscapes for future generations. For more detailed information on how to responsibly create art in a desert environment, download our additional suggestions and resources here. If you have further questions about an art project you are considering, please feel free to reach out to the Mojave Desert Land Trust.