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Spiral Jetty, 1970

One of the most iconic works of land art was the giant spiral-shaped jetty realised by Robert Smithson in 1970 on the north shore of the Great Salt Lake, in the desert of the American state of Utah. Some 5,000 tons of black basalt were needed to make this sculpture, which has since been subject to the changes and rigours of nature and the climate. The spiral, which turns anti-clockwise, has at times been submerged under the water and at others completely uncovered. Smithson’s own voice tells the story of the construction work.

Technical details

Original title:
Spiral Jetty
Registration number:
Smithson, Robert
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Audiovisual recording
16 mm film transferred into video, colour, sound, 35 min
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
© Robert Smithson, VEGAP, Barcelona
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