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The Best Gifts to Give to the Traveler in Your Life

A scratch-off map, a portable speaker and a guide to site-specific art make our list of gift ideas for your favorite vagabond

Art & Place: Site-Specific Art of the Americas

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Some people tour the best roadside food in the country. Others plot their course from baseball stadium to baseball stadium. But, what if you set out on a road trip to see some of the most famous examples of site-specific art? Let Art & Place, a new book featuring 170 awe-inspiring artworks in more than 60 cities in North, Central and South America, be your guide. It includes photographs and essays on everything from the moai on Easter Island to Robert Smithson’s 1,500-foot-long Spiral Jetty in Utah’s Great Salt Lake to Walter De Maria’s The Lightning Field, an arrangement of 400 steel lightning rods in the high desert of Catron County, New Mexico. From May through October, visitors can book reservations to stay at a cabin overlooking The Lightning Field. If weather cooperates, the book says, “the lightning bolts provide a sublime, fearsome and breathtaking experience.”

Art & Place: Site-Specific Art of the Americas

Suggested by Megan Gambino, staff writer

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