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Roden Crater

File photo of the crater from 2001.

Rapper Kanye West has donated $10 million to the ongoing construction of a major land art project at Roden Crater, 38 miles northwest of Flagstaff.

Artist James Turrell acquired the 3-mile-wide former volcano in 1977 in order to transform its inner cone into an observatory for experiencing solar and celestial phenomena.

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The site is managed by Arizona State University, which is working with the artist to raise $200 million with the goal to have the project completed in the next five years. A visitor's center, restaurant and rental cabins are also planned for the site.

West toured Turrell's project in December 2018, and wrote that he was impressed on social media.

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