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ID: 700000079Record Type: Built Work
Spiral Jetty (earthwork (sculpture); Robert Smithson (American, 1938-1973); April 1970; Great Salt Lake (Utah, United States, North and Central Amer...)
Note: The Spiral Jetty is a counterclockwise coil of mud, salt crystals, and rocks, which were hauled in by truck, but were indigenous elements of the landscape at Great Salt Lake. While clockwise spirals were powerful positive forces, the artist equated this counterclockwise spiral with destruction and entropy, drawing upon symbolism from many cultures. It is best visible when the lake is low, typically during the autumn months.
Titles:
Spiral Jetty (preferred,C,U,undetermined,U,U)
Catalog Level: item
Work Types:
earthwork (sculpture) [300047857] (preferred)
..... (Objects Facet, Visual and Verbal Communication (Hierarchy Name), Visual Works (Hierarchy Name), visual works (works), <visual works by material or technique>, environmental art)

Classifications:
Modern art (preferred)
environmental art

Creation Date: April 1970

Creator Display:
Robert Smithson (American, 1938-1973) [preferred,VP]
conceptual artist Smithson, Robert (American sculptor and conceptual artist, 1938-1973) [500015753]
Locations:
Current: Creation: Great Salt Lake [7021126] Utah (state), United States (nation), North and Central America (continent), World (facet) (Geographic)
Display Materials: mud, precipitated salt crystals, black basalt and limestone, rocks, water
mud [300014337]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (Hierarchy Name), materials (matter), <materials by composition>, combination inorganic/organic material, soil, <soil by composition or origin>)
basalt (basic igneous rock) [300011222]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (Hierarchy Name), materials (matter), <materials by composition>, inorganic material, rock, igneous rock, <igneous rock by composition>, <igneous rock by composition: chemical>, basic igneous rock)
limestone [300011286]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (Hierarchy Name), materials (matter), <materials by composition>, inorganic material, rock, sedimentary rock, <sedimentary rock by composition>, carbonate rock)
water (inorganic material) [300011772]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (Hierarchy Name), materials (matter), <materials by composition>, inorganic material)
salt (inorganic material) [300183627]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (Hierarchy Name), materials (matter), <materials by composition>, inorganic material)

Dimensions: coil: 457.2 m (length) (1500 feet), 4.57 m (width) (15 feet)
General Subject:
nonrepresentational art (preferred )

Specific Subjects:
scrolls (motifs) [300010094]
.....(Physical Attributes Facet, Design Elements, design elements (attributes), motifs) (AAT)
entropy [300056015]
.....(Associated Concepts Facet, Associated Concepts, scientific concepts, physical sciences concepts, physics concepts, mechanics concepts, dynamics) (AAT)
earth (soil) [300011734]
.....(Materials Facet, Materials (Hierarchy Name), materials (matter), <materials by composition>, combination inorganic/organic material, soil, <soil by form or function>) (AAT)
destruction [300053087]
.....(Activities Facet, Processes and Techniques (Hierarchy Name), <processes and techniques (processes and techniques)>, <processes and techniques by specific type>) (AAT)
water (inorganic material) [300011772]
.....(Materials Facet, Materials (Hierarchy Name), materials (matter), <materials by composition>, inorganic material) (AAT)

List/Hierarchical Position:
..... Top of the CONA hierarchy
.......... Built Work
Sources and Contributors:
Spiral Jetty........ [VP]
........ CDWA online (1995-) accessed 20 October 2010
Subject: ....... [VP]
Note:
English ..... [VP]
..... CDWA online (1995-) accessed 20 October 2010
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