In the heart of Joshua Tree you will find an amazing sculpture museum built by Noah Purifoy. Born in Snow Hill, Alabama, in 1917, Purifoy was best known for 66 signs of neon, the landmark 1966 group travelling exhibition of sculptures made from the charred debris of the 1965 Watts revolution. Following 11 years of public policy work for the California Arts Council, Purifoy settled in the Majoave desert, spending 15 years creating what is know known as the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Museum.
The site is a glorious ensemble of installations using only junk materials. You can weave your way in an out of entire rooms, take a seat on the loo and strike a pose on the all American-star podium. Free to visit, it is well worth taking the trip to see a landmark that has become one of California’s great art wonders.