‘Earth Rise’ Sculpture to be Installed at the Moapa Valley Community Center

‘Earth Rise’ Sculpture to be Installed at the Moapa Valley Community Center

Artist Mark Brandvik is in the final stages of completing and installing his public art sculpture “Earth Rise.” This unique sculpture is a gateway to Michael Heizer’s Double Negative and offers a conversation with the earthwork that has become a historical landmark in Overton. Brandvik is a Las Vegas-based artist working with local general contractor Brimont Construction, Inc. to install the sculpture at the Moapa Valley Community Center’s front lawn at 320 N. Moapa Valley Blvd. in Overton.

Earth Rise will be a monument for the community and celebrate the international legacy of Heizer’s work in Nevada and Moapa Valley’s local history and culture. Installation for the sculpture will begin in early 2023 on a central and inline site from Double Negative to Valley of Fire State Park, where spectacular geological features offer further design inspiration.

“This is an exciting addition for the community and is a gateway from the Moapa Valley Community Center’s front lawn to Michael Heizer’s sculpture on the mesa,” said Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick, who represents the area. “This landmark sculpture will be a wonderful and sophisticated connection for the people of Overton and art enthusiasts visiting the area.”

“In 1969, artist Michael Heizer developed Double Negative, a project on the edge of a mesa outside of Moapa Valley that entailed the displacement of 240,000 tons of mostly sandstone and rhyolite rock,” said Brandvik. “In that same year, NASA astronauts, who had previously carried out training and geological studies in the Nevada desert, were preparing to launch to Earth’s closest rock. This historical symmetry is reflected in the formal symmetry of Earth Rise – the dynamite blast of rock doubles as a dynamic rocket exhaust plume, with both forms navigating and altering notions of space.”

Along with creating this sculpture, Brandvik worked with high school students at the Moapa Valley High School art department with supervision from art teacher Donna Swanson. The students were then asked to create their glyph images, which were turned into student works of art. The artist gave an in-depth presentation of the Earth Rise project, including the historical inspiration from petroglyphs found in Valley of Fire State Park and a brief history of Michael Heizer’s Double Negative.

Those interested may contact the Public Art Office at (702) 455-8685 or visit the website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks. The Clark County Public Arts Office can also be found on social networking sites such as Instagram and Facebook by visiting @CCPublicArts.

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