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Art and Nature Series: Robert Smithson

Robert Smithson constructed a stone and earth jetty in the Utah salt flats, ‘Spiral Jetty’ (1971).  This ephemeral work fluctuates in colour, appearance, and visibility in the changing seasons and weather. This experience of art is transient as it questions the viewer’s assumptions of art and their own relationship to space. Only a few years after ‘Spiral Jetty’s’ formation it was submerged for ten years emphasising fleeting character, which is completely dependent on the will of nature.

Robert Smithson
Spiral Jetty, 1970

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