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Spiral Jetty update

If you've never heard of Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty by the end of this blog you'll know all you'll need to — and probably send a letter of protest to save its existence.

Created in 1970 in Utah, Smithson's earthwork creation is 1,500-feet long and 15-feet wide — it's a masterpiece that has gained worldwide attention. However, this unique addition to Utah is being threatened of being destroyed.

spiral jetty

courtesy: artwatchinternational.org

ArtJournal.com is keeping track of all Spiral Jetty happenings, from the first post from Nancy Holt, Robert Smithson's widow stating the problem at hand — plans for drilling oil on the Salt Lake near the Spiral Jetty — to the most recent post a statement from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Luckily, the deadline has been extended to February 13 (that is next Wednesday, people). According to the January 31 post, the state of Utah has already received 1,000 comments.

To do your part, check out the following:
If you want to send a letter of protest to save the beautiful, natural Utah environment around the Spiral Jetty from oil drilling, the emails or calls of protest go to Jonathan Jemming 801-537-9023 jjemming@utah.gov . Please refer to Application # 8853. Every letter makes a big difference; they do take a lot of notice and know that publicity may follow. Since the Spiral Jetty has global significance, emails from foreign countries would be of special value.

Posted by Jennifer Herrera on 2/4/2008
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