SALT LAKE CITY
We knew that the Jetty wouldn’t be visible this time of year, but I wanted to get a photo of the Jetty fully submerged. I am interested in how Robert Smithson created this piece so that it would be very difficult for man to control the experience of viewing it. His work deals with the idea of Man’s involvement with nature, and time. The Jetty’s difficulty to reach, and its unpredictable viewing times all become part of the artwork.
TREE OF UTAH
This is a monumental sculpture created by Swedish artist Karl Momen in the 1980s. It stands just off I-80 on your way west to Wendover, UT/NV. The spheres at the top are encrusted with a sampling of all the types of rocks commonly found in Utah’s geology.
I drove through this nearly 50mi stretch of Utah’s landscape, which was flat, desolate, bright white in color. The portion of I-80 used to access this region is a straight as an arrow expanse of freeway and all around you is the white flat hot ocean floor. Off into the distance, mirages, mountains and the curvature of the earth play on your perception. I HIGHLY recommend spending some time here! Photos do it no justice, though the film Independence Day starring Will Smith does.
Wendover is a town that occupies two states, It is simultaneously in Utah and Nevada.
“The Center For Land Use Interpretation operates an interpretative research site in Wendover, UT as part of it American Land Museum.” There are two galleries to access, among other interesting site to see. Each gallery has artwork and research projects that deal with the landscape. Call (310) 839-5722 when you arrive.
-Jamey Herman, Frontier Fellow