El Mirage is probably the closest dry lake to downtown Los Angeles, and is therefore one of the most heavily visited. It is now regularly used for car racing, land sailing, model aircraft flying, amateur rocket launching, and film productions. It has been used by numerous known and unknown artists as well. Dennis Oppenheim did "Cobalt Vectors - An Invasion" there in 1978, along with "Relocated Burial Ground" both of which involved black asphalt primer as their primary material. Walter de Maria created "Desert Cross" in 1969, composed of white chalk lines. Michael Heizer made "Windows" and "Circular Surface Drawing" there in 1969. In the 1950s and 1960s, it was the backdrop for a variety of Hollywood's B-rated movies.
El Mirage Lake