Just outside of Rhyolite, Nevada, a spectacular ghost town off the road leading to Death Valley, California, a group of prominent Belgian artists, led by the late Albert Szukalski, created a self-described art situation consisting of seven outdoor sculptures that are colossal not only in their scale, but in their placement within the vast upper Mojave desert.

You’ll encounter a life-size, ghostly interpretation of the Last Supper painting by Leonardo Da Vinci; a 25-foot high pink woman made of cinder blocks; a 24-foot high steel prospector accompanied by a penguin; a blossoming tangle of gleaming chrome car parts; and an exquisitely carved winged woman reaching for the sun from high atop a wooden pillar by the original Belgian artists, as well as new pieces by contemporary American artists.

The sculpture park is free and open to the public 24/7.

For Albert Szukalski, “America” and “The West” represented
a place of ultimate freedom where he had permission to pursue his artistic vision
unfettered by historical precedent or convention.

With new artist residency and artist workspace programs offered in the nearby
Red Barn Art Center, Goldwell remains this kind of place
for those who seek adventure in their artmaking in
a spectacular and challenging landscape.

We welcome you to experience it for yourself.


Goldwell Open Air Museum preserves and encourages artistic exploration in, and of, the Amargosa Desert
–an evocative landscape along the eastern edge of Death Valley National Park.

This mission is achieved through the care and presentation of a 15-acre outdoor sculpture park
near the ghost town of Rhyolite and through an artist residency program in the Museum’s nearby Red Barn Art Center.

Goldwell Open Air Museum
Near the ghost town of Rhyolite, Nevada
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 405
Beatty, NV 89003

Telephone: (702) 870-9946 Fax: (702) 870-9946

The Goldwell Open Air Museum is private property and its artworks on display
are protected by copyright.
Non-commercial photography for personal use is permitted at any time.
Commercial photography, film and video recording requires permission from the property owners.
Download our Permission to Publish Form (in PDF) or call (702) 870-9946 for more information.

This project is supported, in part, by grants from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency,and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, the Nevada Humanities Committee, the Nevada Commission on Tourism, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Goldwell is also supported, in part, by Stimulus Funding through the Nevada Arts Council’s SNAP Grant Program.

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