Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Spiral Jetty Update

Via Tyler Green: Check out this article on Dia losing control of Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty. A couple highlights are below (it's well worth the read):

"On Tuesday, the state of Utah had become the owner of one of the world’s iconic earthwork masterpieces, the Spiral Jetty by Robert Smithson...."

"According to division officials, the New York-based Dia Foundation that was given control of the Spiral Jetty by the Smithson estate had been tardy in making its annual $250 payment on the 10 acres of land that’s periodically submerged by the waters of the Great Salt Lake. Worse, Dia had also failed to respond to the state’s automatically generated notice in February that its 20-year lease on the lake bed had run out, said division spokesman Jason Curry...."

"Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Tammy Kikuchi said she was surprised at the interest in the Spiral Jetty’s status 'because few people in Utah have visited it.'
Curry added: 'It’s a matter of perception. To the Dia and the landform art world, the Spiral Jetty is a big deal. But in the larger scheme of sovereign lands management, it’s only one component.'"

I've reread this article multiple times and I'm still in shock. I am very curious to see how this event unfolds. I am also still pondering the term "landform art world."

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