Utah Museum of Fine Arts and GSLI day of art and science at Spiral Jetty

. September 23, 2015

Salt Lake City – Join the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) and Great Salt Lake Institute (GSLI) for a fun day of art and science at Spiral Jetty, an acclaimed Utah landmark and masterpiece of late twentieth-century art.

AP Art History students from Bingham High School at Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake, Utah | Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty, 1970, black basalt rock, salt crystals, earth, water.

AP Art History students from Bingham High School at Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake, Utah | Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty, 1970, black basalt rock, salt crystals, earth, water.

Community members of all ages are invited to meet at Spiral Jetty on Rozel Point in Great Salt Lake to explore the landscape, create art and learn about the lake environment.

“Spiral Jetty creator Robert Smithson was one of the most important American artists of the last century,” says UMFA executive director Gretchen Dietrich. “As Utahns we’re fortunate to live in proximity to such a grand artistic achievement, one that draws visitors from all over the world.”

UMFA and GSLI educators will be on site to offer art and science activities, provide resources and lesson plans and guide explorations for teachers, families and students.

GSLI Executive Director Bonnie Baxter says her organization “will help visitors go deeper exploring this incredible artwork in its natural surroundings—a lake filled with scientific wonders, from the microbes that turn the water pink to the unique salt crystals.”

Directions to Spiral Jetty, which is about a two-hour drive north from Salt Lake City, are available at http://umfa.utah.edu/spiraljettydirections. Guests are advised to bring water, food and waterproof boots, along with weather-appropriate clothing. The final fifteen miles of road to Spiral Jetty are dirt but passable in any vehicle.

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