High Desert Test Sites Celebrates Sunsets, Treasure Boxes, and Transitional Moments

All photography by David Vassalli/BFA.com and courtesy of High Desert Test Sites.

‚Äč‚ÄčEvery day between this past Christmas and New Year’s, Rob Pruitt, legendary New Yorker turned part-time West Coast resident, looked out from his Palm Springs home and painted the naturally recurring gradients of the sky. The resulting work, Christmas Week (Palm Springs 2022), comprises seven small-scale panels that each capture a specific hour of sunset, from the fully saturated orange-to-magenta of late afternoon to the cool teals that emerge as day transitions into night.

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