So for the past few days I have been camping and have not had internet or much cell reception, which actually was quite nice. Although we all need our fix of technology sooner or later. I went to visit my third earthwork actually right after the Sun Tunnels, but did not have time to post these photos.
The Spiral Jetty was designed and constructed by American artist Robert Smithson in the year 1970. The Earthwork is located on the northeast shore of the Great Salt Lake in Utah, which is roughly 2 and 1/2 hours northwest of Salt Lake City. The work was made using the native basalt rock that runs the land and shore of the lake. The physical attributes of the Jetty are forever changing due to the fluctuating levels of the lake. My dear friend Hikmet, whom i stayed with in Salt Lake City continuously documents the Jetty through her website and has a link to the current lake levels, www.hikmetsidneyloe.com. The Jetty at one point was submerged for 30 years. Due to the lake levels while I was there, the Jetty was not completely visible. Walking in the highly salted lake on the basalt rocks was a calming retreat, but had its moments of uncertainty. Possibly this feeling comes from how one first arrives to the work. The gravel road winds around the shore and as you park and look to the lake you first see the work as a whole (one piece). Approaching the water towards the Jetty that whole breaks down to the water, slat crusted rocks and sand. As you back away from the Jetty and climb the hill that whole becomes present again, but the work changes yet again, adding the view of the shoreline and skyline from afar allows the works to become more of a line drawing within the landscape.
Ceramicist, artist, traveler. Until the funds run out.