The Center maintains an interpretive site at Swansea, a former port and smelter town on the edge of Owens Lake, in California’s Eastern Sierras. The location includes a few remains of the town of Swansea, which was mostly destroyed and abandoned by 1872, and interpretive research facilities in the Swansea Dunes. Programming explores the visual characteristics and phenomenology of the region, especially Owens Lake itself, which is a new landscape, engineered to control the effects of desiccation.
CLUI Swansea is open seasonally for scheduled programs.
CLUI Swansea Open House
May 27 and 28, 2023
10 AM to 5 PM
Admission is free
Located at Swansea, California (on Highway 136, 4 miles north of Keeler; 200 miles from Los Angeles)
On view: THE FOUNTAINS OF OWENS LAKE
Also on site: Landscape Morphologies Lab Field Unit
Some of the programs and projects that have been based out of CLUI Swansea: