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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Utah Land Art; The Spiral Jetty

If you enjoy the environmental sculpture work of Andy Goldsworthy, you will also probably enjoy the art of Robert Smithson. Robert Smithson created the Spiral Jetty located in the eastern shore of the Great Salt Lake. It is built of mud and rocks and depending on how much water is in the lake, may or may not be visible. For many years the Spiral Jetty was not visible, but with the drought conditions in Utah, it has peeked through the water and is now covered with crystals of white salt.

We took a family excursion to see the Spiral Jetty. The rocks originally were dark gray but are now multitudes of different shades of gray and white, surrounded in a swirl of pink and blue water. It is a an interesting piece of land art.

Not many people have had the opportunity to see this work of art because of its remoteness, the changing water level, or the need for a high clearance vehicle to get to the site. But if you are interested in seeing this land art, you can get directions from the Utah Golden Spike visitor center.