Desert Lighthouse is a land art project by Daniel Hawkins: building a full-size functioning lighthouse in the Mojave Desert near Hinkley, CA.
“Hawkins initially conceived of the Desert Lighthouse during an agoraphobic experience while driving through California’s High Desert at night — the lack of any visual reference point while careening through a featureless void recalled the sublime Romantic condition of being lost at sea, and provoked a craving for the orienting singularity of a homing beacon. On his return to Los Angeles, he immediately set about acquiring a small parcel of land in the high desert, and began researching the engineering and legal logistics to construct a full-size, functioning lighthouse.” – Doug Harvey, writer/artist
The Desert Lighthouse now provides a visual landmark for those passing through the sprawling Mojave. For the viewer the nearly 50ft Lighthouse will offer a steadying beacon in the vast expanse of this beautiful and challenging environment. The Desert Lighthouse is a permanent on-going installation open to the public.
Construction began on the Desert Lighthouse in early April 2017 after 7 years of development, planning, and attempted prototypes. The Desert Lighthouse was completed in late spring and opened to the public on July 1 2017 during an inaugural “Launch Event”.