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The Future of the Spiral Jetty

Dia Art Foundation will work with two Salt Lake City-based organizations, The Great Salt Lake Institute (GSLI) at Westminster College and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) at the University of Utah, as part of its ongoing stewardship of the Spiral Jetty . Dia, GSLI, and UMFA envision a collaboration that builds on the existing and complementary relationships between the institutions that date back to 2008.

The monumental earthwork the Spiral Jetty (1970) was created by artist Robert Smithson (1938–1973) and is located off Rozel Point in the north arm of the Great Salt Lake. Made of black basalt rocks and earth gathered from the site, the 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 from throughout Utah and around the world.

Working closely with Dia, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts will develop a cultural presence for the Spiral Jetty in Salt Lake City, at the museum and on its website. Additionally, the UMFA will uphold the cultural reputation of the Spiral Jetty within Utah, collaborating with Dia on projects or curricula that develop around the artwork at the University of Utah and across the region.

For more information, visit

Date: Feb 2, 2012
Time: 7 pm
Phone: 801-524-8200
Address: 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City, 84111
Where: Main Library