Photograph by Richard Vogel/Corbis
Artist Michael Heizer
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.