Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum

Sculpture by Noah Purifoy, photo by Shutterbug Studio

Sculpture by Noah Purifoy, photo by Shutterbug Studio

This funky outdoor art gallery is a few miles off the main highway through Joshua Tree, CA…and it’s definitely worth stopping at!

You’ll find 10 acres of large-scale art made from recycled/repurposed materials and found objects, all created by a Black artist who retired to the desert from L.A., where he was a founding director of the Watts Towers Art Center. He spent the last 15 years of his life out here in the Mojave,

Sculpture by Noah Purifoy, photo by Shutterbug Studio

Sculpture by Noah Purifoy, photo by Shutterbug Studio

making art from junk.

The exhibit is free to enter and wander around, but there’s a donation box at the entrance; kick them a few bucks, to help with maintenance.

At the time of my visit (a Friday morning in December) the place was deserted, so I was able to drop trou and shoot nudes. But the place IS in the middle of a sort of semi-rural neighborhood, so be respectful — you don’t want to offend any

Sculpture made of lunch trays (!!) by Noah Purifoy, photo by Shutterbug Studio

Sculpture made of lunch trays (!!) by Noah Purifoy, photo by Shutterbug Studio

of the neighbors.

I hope Noah Purifoy himself and/or his heirs (if any) aren’t offended by the fact that I shot nudes there myself…I really thought it was an amazing place, and I meant no disrespect. And we left some money in the box.

GPS: 34.195067, -116.288695

Wonderhussy rating: 10/10

Sculpture by Noah Purifoy, photo by Shutterbug Studio

Sculpture by Noah Purifoy, photo by Shutterbug Studio