Spiral Jetty

Brace Cove gloucester ©Kim Smith 2013 copy

One of my favorite artists is Robert Smithson (1938-1973), and I especially love his seminal earthwork Spiral Jetty, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and created in 1970. The Brace Cove Sculptor created a mini-spiral jetty at the high tide line the other day, and it was fun to be reminded again of Smithson’s Spiral Jetty.

spiral jetty

Spiral Jetty is an earthwork sculpture made from rock and earth and is located on the northern end of the Great Salt Lake. Three new guardians are working to protect and promote the Spiral Jetty, and they are Dia Art Foundation, based out of New York City, the Great Salt Lake Institute, and the Utah Museum of Fine Art. For more information visit Siral Jetty.


spiral_jetty_800Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty

Spiral Jetty by Robert Smithson

Images Courtesy Google Image search


  • My sister, Jen, made this rock formation at Braces Cove last week while on vacation. She collected a bunch of rocks and started arranging them. She really likes swirls, however, I am pretty sure she does not know about The Spiral Jetty because I mentioned it but it didn’t click.
    Glad you liked it, Kim!


  • Joy and I went looking for the Spiral Jetty on our cross country trip last summer. Alas, almost since Smithson built it during a period of extreme drought in 1970 it has been submerged and invisible except from the air (and outer space. You can see it on Google Earth).


    • That’s part of what I love about it, that it is only visible in certain years (periods of drought). I believe this is a year when it is visible–in case anyone is traveling that way!



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