Class [controlled]: environmental art Modern art
*Work Type [link]: earthworks (sculpture)
*Title: Spiral Jetty
*Creator Display: Robert Smithson (American, 1938-1973)
*Role [link]: conceptual artist [link]: Smithson, Robert
*Creation Date: April 1970 [controlled]: Earliest: 1970 Latest: 1970
*Subject [links]: nonrepresentational art spiral entropy earth destruction water
*Current Location [link]: not extant
Creation Location [link]: Great Salt Lake (Utah, United States)
*Measurements: coil: 457.2 m (length) (1500 feet), 4.57 m (width) (15 feet)
[controlled]: Value: 457.2 Unit: m Type: length | Value: 4.57 Unit: m Type: width
*Materials and Techniques: mud, precipitated salt crystals, black basalt and limestone, rocks, water
Material [links]: mud basalt limestone water salt
Description: The Spiral Jetty was a counterclockwise coil of mud, salt crystals, and rocks, which were hauled in by truck, but were indigenous elements of the landscape at Great Salt Lake. While clockwise spirals were powerful positive forces, the artist equated this counterclockwise spiral with destruction and entropy, drawing upon symbolism from many cultures.
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