You might think of the Mojave Desert as empty and inhospitable. But homesteaders and miners began living in this dry, vast space east of Los Angeles in the early 20th Century.

And it’s always called to outsiders and artists like Noah Purifoy, an Angeleno who lived in Joshua Tree and created 10 acres of desert sculptures from junk.

Independent producer Brian Calvert went to the Mojave to visit with some current artists and desert-dwellers who have followed in the tradition of re-creation.

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Brian CalvertBrian Calvert is an independent radio producer based in Southern California. His interests include wilderness, the environment and the American West. His work has appeared on Weekend America, Studio 360 and KCRW’s UnFictional. Follow Brian on Twitter @brcalvert and check out his blog at