Rhyolite Ghost Town, NV
Goldwell Open Air Museum
If you arrive in Las Vegas by mid-afternoon, you should have just enough time to reach Beatty, Nevada by sunset. The area's most interesting attraction is actually a few miles away, at the old town of Rhyolite.
Rhyolite has a number of crumbling, old buildings. But before you reach them, you'll probably be distracted by a collection of odd outdoor art projects.
Pull off to the side to see a sculpted pile of twisted metal, a ghostly figure hopping aboard a bicycle, and a two-story-tall silhouette of a miner, and his penguin.
This odd collection of sculptures actually has a formal name: the Goldwell Open Air Museum. You can visit its website to make a donation, buy a t-shirt, or just try to figure out what the heck the exhibit is all about. You will learn many things by browsing their site, including the real reason there's a penguin standing next to that miner.
Perhaps Rhyolite's most distinctive art exhibit is this re-creation of Jesus' Last Supper. The sculpture was created in 1984 by artist Albert Szukalski, based on the famous Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece. But instead of disciples wearing white robes, this version features only the white robes.
The late day sun casts an eerie light over this already spooky scene.
Behind the Last Supper ghosts you can see another of Rhyolite's artistic offerings: The Venus of Nevada. It was growing dark too quickly for me to get an up-close look, but I did return the following day.
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