Zittel's Planar Pavilions

Planar Pavilions at A-Z West is a permanent public work sited on the land between Zittel’s residence and the adjacent highway. Ten Planar Pavilions scattered across an area of about eleven acres. Each pavilion consists of a series of vertical planes that function as walls, boundaries, and divisions. These planes frame the surrounding landscape, isolate inside from outside, and provide physical and psychological forms of shelter. As the desert becomes increasingly developed, the pavilions function similar to ruins, or structures still in a state of construction, as an interstitial zone that is neither fully domesticated nor completely wild. In this instance the structures function both as architecture and as an extension of the landscape itself.


This site is the only part of A-Z West that is open to the public at all times. Viewers are invited to experience the Planar Pavilions in any way that does not alter or damage the structures, land, or surrounding vegetation. Support for the project was provided in part by a grant from the VIA Art Fund and the Guggenheim Foundation.


Directions: Head east on highway 62 from downtown Joshua Tree. In about one mile, you will see the Bail Bonds sign on your right, turn right as if into the parking lot, cotinue onton Neptune. Make the first left, at the next intersection you will see the Planar Pavilions on your right.