Utah Designates the Spiral Jetty as a “State Work of Art”

Both the Utah House and Senate recently voted to designate the Spiral Jetty (located in the Great Salt Lake) as an official “state work of art.”

Robert Smithson's Iconic Spiral Jetty

Robert Smithson’s Iconic Spiral Jetty

Rep. Becky Edwards, R-North Salt Lake, sponsor of the Spiral Jetty measure, told the House:

It is internationally recognized as one of the top 10 land art features in the entire world…. I think the time is right for us to celebrate this beautiful work of art.”

The sculpture was constructed in 1970 by Robert Smithson.  The 1,500-foot-long, 15-foot-wide jetty extends into the Great Salt Lake in a counterclockwise coil.  It is located in Box Elder County, south of the Golden Spike National Historic Site.

The bill’s Senate sponsor, Sen. Peter Knudson, R-Brigham City, described Spiral Jetty as an “amazing structure.” He urged his Senate colleagues to not only support the bill, but also to visit Spiral Jetty:

When the lake is dry you can walk out there and experience the artwork.  The point is for you to become part of the art.

And the governor signed HB211 which designates the Spiral Jetty in the Great Salt Lake as Utah’s official “state work of art.”

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