The art of Michael Heizer removes you from the safety of the gallery to the wild boulders, canyons and sands of the earth. One of his most ambitious projects “Double Negative” cuts a monumental line through the desert, but few know that the Nevada site is owned by LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Ampersand explores Michael Heizer, this desert masterpiece and a new film about its inception.

Directions to “Double Negative” can be found on MOCA’s website.

Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art will be touring the US through the new year. For more information about the film and a list of screenings, visit their site or follow Troublemakers on Facebook for updates.

To get a taste of trouble, you can watch a short directed by James Crump of Michael Hezier’s epic sculpture “Double Negative” in HD at

Double Negative, Michael Heizer [1970]

Michael Heizer, “Double Negative”, 1969–70, From Troublemakers. Photograph by Sam Wagstaff, 1970. The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, 2005. © J. Paul Getty Trust.

Written and Produced by Kelby Vera