Black Lives Matter activists draw four-mile-long mural in Nevada desert

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Black Lives Matter activists draw four-mile-long mural in Nevada desert

Black Lives Matter activists have drawn a colossal mural in the Nevada desert near the Burning Man festival site stretching across the flats for more than four miles.

Footage taken from the air and shared on social media reveals the enormous letters spelling out the group’s name on the surface of the Black Rock Desert.

A vehicle left deep tyre tracks to create the giant letters, a Bureau of Land Management official told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

The astonishing mural stretches more than four miles. Credit: Anonymous Art Collective/Tiktok
The astonishing mural stretches more than four miles. Credit: Anonymous Art Collective/Tiktok

Esteban Valle, a member of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team, drove the entirety of the mural and said it measures more than 13 miles in circumference.

It’s so big that it can actually be seen on my search and rescue team’s weekly updated satellite imagery feed, Valle said.

A Black Lives Matter spokesperson said they were aware of the mural, but did not know the identity of the person or group who created it.

A satellite image of the astonishing mural. Credit: Sentinel Hub
A satellite image of the astonishing mural. Credit: Sentinel Hub
Footage was shared anonymously on social media. Credit: Anonymous Art Collective/Tiktok
Footage was shared anonymously on social media. Credit: Anonymous Art Collective/Tiktok

Someone drove with a GPS and drove several times to make huge, huge letters they drove several times so that it stayed imprinted, Heather O’ Hanlon, spokeswoman for the BLM, told the Journal.

Obviously somebody made a statement, and it wasn’t us.

Some locals in the nearby town of Gerlach are concerned about the environmental impact.

The mural would appear to contradict the leave no trace philosophy of the Burning Man Festival.

It’s unfortunate it happened on the playa, but mother nature will heal itself, BLM spokesperson O’Hanlon said.

It’s going to be a matter of wind storms and rain storms.

Valle speculated the mural was done by burners regular attendees of the Burning Man festival, which was canceled this year due to coronavirus.

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