(click to enlarge) "The Last Supper" Created in 1984 by Albert Szukalski
(click to enlarge) "Ghost Rider", also 1984 by Albert Szukalski
These two sculptures are part of the Goldwell Open Air Museum. According to the museum's web site:
"Known for many years in Europe as the sculptor of "ghosts" and a "situation maker," Albert Szukalski came to the Nevada desert in 1984 to create what is perhaps the most unique piece of his career. Originally designed to endure a mere two years, "The Last Supper" sculpture has not only stood the test of time, but has lived on to become the "genesis" piece of the Goldwell Open Air Museum.
"Albert was attracted to the Mojave Desert for many reasons, not the least of which was the Mojave's resemblance to the deserts of the Middle East. To construct a modern day representation of Christ's Last Supper, especially so close to Death Valley (where he originally wanted it sited), is eerily appropriate. Working essentially from Leonardo Da Vinci's fresco of the Last Supper within the desert environment, Szukalski succeeded in blending the two disparate elements into a unified whole. Maintaining the staging of the figures in Leonardo's work and placing it in the American Southwest allowed the artist to meld Western Artistic tradition with the vast landscape of the New World. Albert Szukalski followed up "The Last Supper" with two other pieces at the site, "Ghost Rider" in 1984 and "Desert Flower" in 1989.
"To make the life-size ghost figures, Szukalski wrapped live models in fabric soaked in wet plaster and posed them as in the painting "The Last Supper" by Leonardo Da Vinci. When the plaster set, the model was slipped out, leaving the rigid shroud that surrounded him. With more refining, Szukalski then coated the figures with fiberglass making them impervious to weather."