Each year, a group of artists are invited by High Desert Test Sites to create some sort of experimental installation near Joshua Tree, California in a desolate flatland desert landscape. This year, Ball Nogues Studio came up with the Yucca Crater; a man-made oasis that requires some rock climbing for the anonymous desert wanderer to get into. The Yucca Crater is a 24 foot tall cavernous pool with 8 feet of water at the bottom which is heated by solar panels, and run through a wind turbine. It is an interactive piece of art responding to the mass amounts of suburban pools in desert areas. The Yucca Crater is an architectural structure that contrasts the natural Earth, and especially with it’s landscape surroundings, looks straight out of a surrealist painting.