Elevation: 4,235 ft.
Ecological niche: Tularosa Basin, gypsum sand dunes
Ownership: U.S. government, Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Location: southwest of Alamagordo, New Mexico
October 22, 2015
I walked my easel rig up the dune, behind where my orange tent is set up. It felt too heavy and painting felt too light in the wake of having the entirety of land arts at my back. This site is a last hurrah for us. When we leave white sands, we won’t be returning to the field as this group. Maybe this is the perfect place for us to finish off, it feels almost limitless but with certain important precautions. Don’t forget to drink water, don’t get use the dunes as landmarks and do not pick up anything that even remotely resembles a bomb.