[ARENA] Dia Art Foundation saves Spiral Jetty
Quarta-Feira, 2 de Abril de 2008 - 10:53:20 WEST
Photo (c) Robert Smithson, *Spiral Jetty*, 1970. Long-term installation in
Rozel Point, Box Elder County, Utah. Photo: Gianfranco Gorgoni. Collection
Dia Art Foundation.
* <http://www.spiraljetty.org/> *Links* <http://www.spiraljetty.org/#links>
*SAVE SPIRAL JETTY* <http://www.spiraljetty.org/#top>
Dia recently learned of an application for exploratory drilling in the Great
Salt Lake approximately four miles from Robert Smithson's iconic *Spiral
Jetty* (1970). The drilling itself, and any potential subsequent oil
extraction, would disrupt the artwork's viewshed; upset the area's isolated
character; and degrade the natural environment of the lake. In the case of a
toxic spill, the proposed operation would further cause irreparable damage
to the lake environment and threaten the physical integrity of Smithson's
The public comment period for this drilling application ended on February
13, 2008. By that date, the State of Utah received over 3,100 emails and
letters, as well as 300 phone calls, from concerned parties in the United
States and abroad.
Dia sincerely appreciates the public response to this situation, and will
keep our website up-to-date with the latest information about drilling near
Robert Smithson's monumental earthwork *Spiral Jetty* (1970) is located on
the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Using black basalt rocks and earth from the
site, the artist created a coil 1500 feet long and 15 feet wide that
stretches out counterclockwise into the translucent red water. *Spiral Jetty
* was acquired by Dia Art Foundation as a gift from the Estate of the artist
*Visitor Information* <http://www.spiraljetty.org/#top>
*Note:* Access to Spiral Jetty is available through the Golden Spike
National Historic Site
Detailed Directions to "Spiral Jetty"
Note: Odometer readings vary with each vehicle. The distances given below
are only approximations.
The Division of Natural Resources has posted signs at each turn/fork to
indicate directions to the Jetty.
1. Go to Golden Spike National Historic Site (GSNHS), 30 miles west of
Brigham City, Utah. The Spiral Jetty is 15.5 dirt road miles southwest of
Golden Spike's visitor center.
To get there (from Salt Lake City) take I-15 north approximately 65 miles to
the Corinne exit (exit 368), just west of Brigham City, Utah. Exit and
proceed through Corinne, paying close attention to the signs, and drive
another 17.7 miles west, still on Highway 83, turn left and follow signs,
another 7.7 miles up the east side of Promontory Pass to Golden Spike
National Historic Site.
2. From the visitor center, drive 5.6 miles west on the main gravel road.
3. Five point six miles should bring you to an intersection. From this
vantage point you can see the lake. Looking southwest, you can see the low
foothills that make up Rozel Point, 9.9 miles distant.
4. At this intersection the road forks. One road continues west, the other
goes south. Take the south (left) fork. Both forks are Box Elder County
Class D (maintained) roads.
5. Immediately you cross a cattle guard. Call this cattle guard #1.
Including this one, you should cross four cattle guards before you reach
Rozel Point and the Spiral Jetty.
6. Drive 1.3 miles south. Here you should see a corral on the west side of
the road. Here too, the road again forks. One fork continues south along the
west side of the Promontory Mountains. This road leads to a locked gate. The
other fork goes southwest toward the bottom of the valley and Rozel Point.
Turn right onto the southwest fork, just north of the corral. This is also a
Box Elder County Class D road.
7. After you turn south west, go 1.7 miles to cattle guard #2. Here, besides
the cattle guard, you should find a fence but no gate.
8. Continue southeast 1.2 miles to cattle guard #3, a fence, and gate.
9. Another .50 miles should bring you to a fence but no cattle guard and no
10. Continue 2.3 miles south-southwest to a combination fence, cattle guard
#4, iron-pipe gate - and a sign declaring the property behind the fence to
be that of the "Rafter S. Ranch". Here too, is a "No Trespassing" sign.
11. At this gate the Class D road designation ends. If you choose to
continue south for another 2.3 miles, and around the east side of Rozel
Point, you should see the Lake and a jetty (not the Spiral Jetty) left by
oil drilling exploration in the 1920s through the 1980s. As you approach the
Lake, you should see an abandoned trailer, an old amphibious landing craft,
and an old Dodge truck.
From this location, the trailer is the key to finding the road to the Spiral
Jetty. As you drive slowly past the trailer, turn immediately from the
southwest to the west (right), passing on the south side of the Dodge, and
onto a two-track trail that contours above the oil-drilling debris below.
Only high clearance vehicles should advance beyond the trailer. Travel
slowly--the road is narrow, brush might scratch your vehicle, and the rocks,
if not properly negotiated, could high center your vehicle. Don't hesitate
to park and walk. The Jetty is just around the corner.
12. Drive or walk 6/10th of a mile west-northwest around Rozel Point and
look toward the Lake. The Spiral Jetty should be in sight. The lake level
varies several feet from year-to-year and from season to season, so the
Spiral Jetty is not always visible above the water line.
March 27, 2008 New York Times
February 18, 2008 New York Times
2002 New York Times Magazine
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