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, amateur rocketeers, and film productions, and 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 the dry lake was the backdrop for a variety of Hollywood's B-rated movies.
El Mirage Lake