Image Credit: Robert Smithson, the Spiral Jetty, 1970. Long-term installation in Rozel Point, Box Elder County, Utah. Collection Dia Art Foundation, New York. Photo: Martin Hogue.
Check out Hikmet Sidney Loe's website for current happenings and the lake level status at the Spiral Jetty.
The estate of Robert Smithson
owns the copyright of Spiral Jetty and controls the images created of
Spiral Jetty. Dia Art Foundation owns Spiral Jetty and holds the land
lease Spiral Jetty is located on.
Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands manages the bed of Great
Salt Lake for all Utah citizens. Because Spiral Jetty sits below the
meander line of the Great Salt Lake (and on the lake bed in high years)
the land Spiral Jetty is on must be leased and managed by the State of
Utah. A meander line is the line used to represent the perimeter of a
body of water.
Learn More from the Utah Division of Water Quality
Learn More About Spiral Jetty from the Dia Art Foundation
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.
”For fifteen years, students and faculty from Westminster College have
been traveling to The Spiral Jetty to research the science of Great Salt
Lake. What we never anticipated is how the artwork would draw us in.
This is the power of land art-Spiral Jetty makes a statement about the
nature of the environment in which it exists. GSLI can harness this and
bring this sensibility to all our educational, research, and public
programming,” said Dr. Bonnie Baxter, Director of Great Salt Lake
Are you planning a trip to Spiral Jetty? Access directions from the Dia Art Foundation.
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
Specific conditions GSLI will monitor on behalf of Dia include
- Condition and accessibility of the gravel road leading to Spiral Jetty
- Presence of signage that directs tourists/interested parties to Spiral Jetty
- Presence of any unauthorized activity within the lease area or
adjoining property including campfires, trash, vandalism, or similar
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.