Worth a Visit: Spiral Jetty in Utah

Spiral Jetty, Utah© 2009 Utah Office of Tourism/Steve GreenwoodSalt crystals that formed on the jetty throw the artwork into clear relief.

15 miles southwest of Golden Spike National Historic Site, off Rte. 83. Directions available at the Golden Spike NHS Visitors Center., Utah

Conceived by American sculptor and visionary Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty successfully intertwines landscape and sculpture. This earthwork—built of mud, salt crystals, basalt rocks, earth, and water—projects into the otherworldly pink-tinged waters of the northern Great Salt Lake and forms a massive counterclockwise coil 15 feet wide and 1,500 feet long. Completed in 1970 Spiral Jetty is considered an icon of late 20th-century art and has been an inspiration to generations of contemporary artists.

This monumental sculpture has been underwater for much of its existence, but it re-emerged in 2002. Sprial Jetty is accessible only by dirt roads through an isolated area and four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended. The nearest visitor facilities are located at the Golden Spike National Historic Site, 15 miles away. Spiral Jetty is in the collection of the Dia Art Foundation.

Golden Spike NHS Visitors Center is open daily except major holidays.


(212) 989-5566 Dia Art Foundation

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