Spiral Jetty

Spiral Jetty, by Robert Smithson

Unique earthwork sculpture in the Great Salt Lake, Utah

The rise and fall of the water level makes the Spiral Jetty like a reappearing sand painting.

Rating: 4.5
Reviewed by Thomas Fox on  December 4, 2010

The Spiral Jetty is located in a remote and uninhabited section of Utah's Great Salt Lake. The sculpture can be seen in daylight hours, when the lake water level is low.  The Spiral Jetty was created in 1970 by Robert Smithson. 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 from the shore into the waters of the Great Salt Lake, near Rozel Point, Utah. Due to changes in the water level of the Great Salt Lake, the Spiral Jetty is frequently submerged.

May 1, 1970 7:00PM
Robert Smithson
Rozel Point, UT
Photo of Spiral Jetty
Category: Earth sculpture exhibit