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Environmental art, art in the environment. What are your favorite examples of artists bringing art into (and creating art out of) nature.

Environmental art, art in the environment. What are your favorite examples of artists bringing art into (and creating art out of) nature.
Don MacKinnon
Apr 24, 2014
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Robert Smithson - Spiral Jetty
Pamela Talese

The Earth Moved

Because Robert Smithson moved it.

The Spiral Jetty, the 'earth work' created by artist Robert Smithson in 1970, lies some 15 miles from the Golden Stake National Monument, in the fantastical state of Utah. The jetty itself forms a 1,500-foot-long , 15-foot-wide counterclockwise coil jutting from the shore of the lake. It is an example of how a monumental form catches the eye, ignites the imagination your fancy, and then grounds into itself. The fact that it is a spiral, upon which one can walk, deliverance of this effect.

Originally black basalt rock against ruddy water, Spiral Jetty is now largely white against pink due to salt encrustation. This is a fan made montage that include sections from one of Robert Smithson's films. The spoken voice listing the ingredients of the work is Smithson's.
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