Monument Men

By Justin Davidson - 2013-09-12T16:02:49Z

Photograph by Richard Vogel/Corbis

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Artist Michael Heizer

Michael Heizer's one-man metropolis, City, is located in Nevada. He bought the land in 1972 and began creating an ever-evolving complex made of soil, concrete and rock. Today he's 68 and refuses to let people near it, even threatening to shoot unwanted visitors. City, shown here via Google Earth, shows up on satellite photographs as some mysterious military installation. “It’s becoming one of the most extraordinary artworks on the planet,” says Michael Govan, director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and one of Heizer’s principal fundraisers.