The Great Spiral Jetty Day Trip
Last Sunday a ragtag group of friends took a long overdue trip to the Spiral Jetty about 2hrs North/West of Salt Lake and it was a magically surreal day. The Jetty is arguably one of the most imporant sculptural works in America. Thanks to our host Adam Bateman, curator and board member at CUAC Gallery we got a nice amount of background on the work by Robert Smithson.
Robert Smithson's monumental earthwork Spiral Jetty (1970) is located on the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Using black basalt rocks and earth from the site, the artist created a coil 1,500 feet long and 15 feet wide that stretches out counter-clockwise into the translucent red water. Spiral Jetty was acquired by Dia Art Foundation as a gift from the Estate of the artist in 1999.
On the way there we stopped by the Golden Spike National Historic Site and on the way back the ATK defense contractor and their strange missile boneyard/playground. The overcast day leant itself nicely to the alien nature of all of this as you can imagine. Well, you'll see below. (Also up at my Flickr).