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Spiral Jetty Partnership

In January 2012, the UMFA was announced as one of two local organizations selected to collaborate with Dia Art Foundation in the ongoing stewardship of Robert Smithson's iconic artwork, Spiral Jetty.

The monumental earthwork Spiral Jetty (1970) was created by artist Robert Smithson (1938–1973) and is located at Rozel Point in the north arm of the Great Salt Lake. Made of black basalt rocks and earth gathered from the site, Spiral Jetty is a 15-foot-wide coil that stretches more than 1,500 feet into the lake. Its exceptional art historical importance, unique beauty, and remote location have drawn visitors and media attention throughout Utah and around the world.

Dia, a New York-based nonprofit institution, acquired the earthwork as a gift from the artist's estate in 1999. As part of its stewardship of the sculpture, Dia works with two Utah organizations that previously supported the foundation's efforts: the UMFA and the Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College. Together, the three organizations ensure the concerns and needs of this iconic American artwork are met.










LEFT | Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty, (1970). Photograph by Gianfranco Gorgoni. Art © Estate of Robert Smithson/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.



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Collaboration Press Release
Dia Art Foundation
Great Salt Lake Institute


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