The Desert X installation ‘Halter’ has disappeared

Halter, the 2019 Desert X installation that involved different types of fabric stretch around an old gas station near the Salton Sea has disappeared.

According to the Desert Sun, the piece was there on Sunday night, but was nowhere to be seen Monday morning.

To be clear, the gas station is still there, but the fabric is gone.

Halter the Desert X art installation
Halter, the Desert X art installation in Mecca

Organizers are not sure if the piece has been stolen or just what the hell happened.  They noted that the rope holding the fabric was burnt and there were burn marks on the ground of the gas station.

Related: Here’s our guide and map to all of the Desert X art installations

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“We haven’t come to any conclusions about what happened,” Jenny Gil, the executive director of Desert X told the newspaper. “We are gathering all the necessary information in order to file a police report.”

The installation is not the first Desert X piece to disappear.  In 2019, Shy Bot, a rover set free in the desert vanished.  It was later found in Palm Springs and a reward given.

Another 2017 installation, “Third Place” had to be closed after pieces of the Desert Hot Springs installation were stolen and destroyed.


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