Ready for a treat? Consider visiting the “Lightning Field,” a metal art installation by Walter De María, and stay in the nearby cabin. It’s spectacular. Three hours southwest of Albuquerque, it is one of the most significant icons of contemporary art in the world — 400 polished steel poles whose peaks form an exactly even plane.
The cabin is miles from the nearest town on an isolated plane. Meals are provided — a necessity since there is nowhere nearby to eat — and you may be sharing the cabin with other travelers if your group is small. The cabin's isolation adds to the experience of watching the Lightning Field's appearance change as the day progresses.
Check out the official Website for information on how to make reservations and how to get there. If you'd like to know more about what it's like to view the Lightning Field, the From the Floor art blog has a detailed description. You can find more technical details about the Lightning Field installation on The Collector's Guide Web site.
If you have a little extra time, you might want to continue west on US 60 to Pie Town, a little blip in the road known for — what else? — the homemade pies at the Pie-O-Neer Café. Continue another 25 miles west to Quemado, which is the jumping off point for visits to the Lighning Field, designed to attract the bolts of lightning that accompany the summer rains. The limited accommodations allow you to spend the night in the middle of nowhere, and with a little luck you’ll see the flashes of lightning that bring the sculpture to life. HL