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Goldwell Museum

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Sculptures that form the Museum's exhibits were created, in 1984, outside Rhyolite, Nevada, a ghost town off the road to Death Valley, California, by Belgian artists.



In the beginning, the Museum began with a sculpture by Belgian artist Albert Szukalski titled "The Last Supper" - an interpretation of Christ and his disciples set against the expansive Amargosa Valley.



Leonardo Da Vinci's painting "The Last Supper" inspired Szukalski to create life-size ghost figures by wrapping live models in fabric soaked in wet plaster. As the plaster set, the model slipped out, leaving the rigid shroud behind. To make the work weatherproof, Szukalski coated it with fiberglass.



Three other Belgian artists who chose to create in relative obscurity near Death Valley have since expanded the site.



Goldwell is still sought out by artists worldwide decades later, having heard of it. The Goldwell landscape continues to captivate artists seeking adventure in their art-making.


Rhyolite

Bullfrog

Beatty





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