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‘Lifelines’ at Prime Desert Preserve


Unveiling on Oct. 6

The City of Lancaster and the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) are pleased to present “Lifelines,” an augmented reality (AR) installation by artist Nancy Baker Cahill.

Accessible to the public via Baker Cahill’s free 4th Wall AR app, “Lifelines” is a work of land art located in the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve (PDWP), a protected 130 acres of pristine desert woodland located in California’s Antelope Valley. This immersive, cutting-edge installation will be unveiled on Friday, Oct. 6 at 4:30 p.m. at the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve.

Reflecting on the diverse flora and fauna of the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve, “Lifelines” appears as three towering Joshua trees, enveloped in a ghostly murmuration of birds. Rendered in AR, the installation embraces new modes of perception and allows the work to reside in the fragile natural landscape unobtrusively.

Ephemeral and grand visuals are accompanied by an elegiac melody, including an arrangement of songs from five native bird species, ambient desert sounds, and breathing. These auditory and visual components blend together to reflect on the ecosystem in which “Lifelines” inhabit.