A-Z West

A-Z West is located on over fifty acres in the California high desert next to Joshua Tree National Park. Since it’s inception in fall 2000, A-Z West has been undergoing an ongoing conversion into a testing grounds for living, in which spaces, objects and acts of living all intertwine as a single ongoing investigation into what it means to exist and participate in our culture today. “How to live?” and “What gives life meaning?” are core issues in both Zittel’s personal life and artistic practice. Answering these questions has entailed the complex relationships between our needs for freedom, security, autonomy, authority, and control, observing how structure and limitations often have the capacity to generate feelings of freedom beyond open-ended choices.

Works and projects at A-Z West include: Zittel’s home/testing grounds, the Wagon Station Encampment, Regenerating Field, shipping container compound, A-Z West studio and weaving studio, the A-Z West guest cabin, a ten-acre parcel for High Desert Test Sites projects, and several adjacent parcels slated for future projects.

A-Z West hosts monthly tours, as well as seasonal residencies in the Wagon Station Encampment, a Work Trade residency program, and overnight visits to the Wonder Valley Experimental Living Cabins—a satellite location 40 miles east of Joshua Tree.

To find out more about visiting A-Z West, please email azwest@zittel.org.

Please note—because A-Z West is a private residence as well as the site of a full time studio practice, we ask the public to respect the above mentioned designated ways to visit. Visitors may not show up on A-Z West grounds unannounced or without an appointment under any circumstance.