Spiral Jetty is an earthwork (aka land art) created by Robert Smithson in 1970. It’s 1,500 feet of coiled black basalt, which provides a stunning contrast to the pink microbe-rich waters. The Spiral Jetty not only leaves an imprint in your soul, it is also one of the only access points for GSLI students and faculty to collect samples of halophilic microorganisms in Great Salt Lake’s hypersaline Gunnison Bay (or north arm). GSLI is fortunate enough to have such an amazing study site that is also a world-renowned piece of art in the extreme hypersaline waters of Gunnison Bay in Great Salt Lake. The research of GSLI and Dr. Baxter do not impact the Spiral Jetty. Our research furthers our understanding of the extreme halophiles, which gives the waters around the jetty its intense hues.
Check out Hikmet Sidney Loe's website for current happenings and the lake level status at the Spiral Jetty.
Great Salt Lake Institute (GSLI) was named one of two local partners supporting Dia Art Foundation in the stewardship of Spiral Jetty. Together with the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, we committed to protect and value Spiral Jetty as a unique world-renowned piece of artwork and as a place where we can conduct valuable research on the Great Salt Lake.
Great Salt Lake Institute (GSLI) is an active and frequent visitor to Spiral Jetty. We go there for scientific exploration. As a local member of the Great Salt Lake Community we are in a position to act as stewards for Spiral Jetty by being there and monitoring the area for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands (FFSL) and Dia. We can notify Dia of land changes, road issues, or local happenings at the jetty.
Specific conditions GSLI will monitor on behalf of Dia include
If you have noticed any changes to the road, damage to signage, or any unauthorized activity, please contact us.
GSLI will also continue to collaborate with Dia on field trips, work to develop jointly orchestrated educational opportunities at the artwork, and keep Dia informed of scientific and educational projects or curricula at Westminster College that develop around the artwork.