Environment & Science

Cultural Landscape Foundation lists 11 endangered US landscapes

File: Fred Cox, right, and his friend Shondell Spiegel look at the Watts Towers in the Watts section of Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Watts Towers is among the new list of 11 parks, gardens and land-based art that are threatened by demolition, neglect or lack of funding by the Cultural Landscape Foundation.
File: Fred Cox, right, and his friend Shondell Spiegel look at the Watts Towers in the Watts section of Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Watts Towers is among the new list of 11 parks, gardens and land-based art that are threatened by demolition, neglect or lack of funding by the Cultural Landscape Foundation.
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Large folk art creations in urban Detroit and Los Angeles neighborhoods, a museum garden in New York and a massive light installation on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are being listed among the nation's endangered landscapes this year.

On Wednesday, the Washington-based Cultural Landscape Foundation announced its new list of 11 parks, gardens and land-based art that are threatened by demolition, neglect or lack of funding. The group works to preserve notable U.S. landscapes.

Endangered sites noted on the "Landslide 2014 Art and the Landscape" list span from New York to New Mexico and Seattle.

In Los Angeles, the list includes Watts Towers, a group of 17 sculptures threatened by improper maintenance. In San Francisco, preservationists are working to preserve "The Bay Lights" installation on the Bay Bridge.

See the full list of endangered landscapes below: 

  1. The works of Athena Tacha — various locations in the U.S.
  2. The Bay Lights — by Leo Villareal, San Francisco, Calif.
  3. Greenwood Pond: Double Site — by Mary Miss, Des Moines, Iowa
  4. The Heidelberg Project — by Tyree Guyton, Detroit, Mich.
  5. Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Sculpture — Joshua Tree, Calif.
  6. Opus 40 — by Harvey Fite, Saugerties, New York
  7. Untitled (Johnson Pit No. 30) — by Robert Morris, Seatac, Wash.
  8. Watts Towers — by Simon Rodia, Los Angeles, Calif. 
  9. Wells Petroglyph Preserve — by Archaic and Ancestral Puebloans, Mesa Prieta, New Mexico 
  10. White Rock Lake Wildlife Water Theater — by Frances Bagley and Tomm Orr, Dallas, Texas
  11. 70th Street Garden — by Russell Page, The Frick Collection, New York, New York