Navajo Nation team up for public art project

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Coyote Canyon is a remote spot on the nation's largest American Indian reservation.

Bordered by sandstone outcroppings and dotted with pinon and juniper, the location served as a perfect backdrop for an unprecedented venture into high-tech public art by the Navajo Nation and the state of New Mexico.

Wednesday marks the public launch of "Pull of the Moon," in which Navajo teacher and artist Bert Benally and Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei teamed up to transform the canyon with their sand drawings, sculpture and sound.

Every bit of the temporary art installation was documented so the event could be virtually replicated for the rest of the world to see.

Organizers with the Navajo Nation Museum and New Mexico Arts say the installation represents a new kind of public art for the state and the tribe.

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