‘City’-sized Sculpture

A guy named Michael Heizer has been working on a sculpture for 30 years. He’s building what looks like Aztec buildings in the middle of nowhere in the Nevada desert. I found this story while browsing the web and looked up the location in Google Earth (I wish I could remember where I found it exactly). You can read about this amazing creation in this article by the New York Times. It has ground based pictures.

Unfortunately, the resoultion is poor in this area of the Google Primary Database, but the fact you can see a sculpture from a 1km resolution photo at all is a tribute to the size of this work. You can visit this site in Google Earth here . Or you can see a better resolution shot from a aerial photo at Microsoft’s terraserver.microsoft.com.
[Edited 2:30PM to change “satellite photo” to “aerial photo”]

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Re: “Or you can see a better resolution shot from a satellite photo at Terraserver.”
    Just to be clear, TerraServer-USA does not offer satellite images, just aerial photos. “The TerraServer-USA Web site is one of the world’s largest online databases, providing free public access to a vast data store of maps and aerial photographs of the United States.”

  2. Actually, the Terraserver I’m thinking of was the original Terrasever (now called Terraserver.com) which definitely has always offered satellite photos. I know because the company I ran consulted for them back in the 90s here in my home town of Raleigh, North Carolina. You can read about their history at:
    I guess the one run by microsoft at http://terraserver.microsoft.com/ is only aerial photography now as you pointed out.

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