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Spiral Jetty Water Level Check

Next weekend the party is at Lucin, the old railroad watering stop near the Nevada border where Nancy Holt, and a throng of colleagues, admirers and (one must assume) hangers on, will be at Sun Tunnels for sunset (see our article in the October 2012 edition).

So maybe that has you thinking a bit about land art, and you’ve considered finally venturing forth to check out Spiral Jetty. Or maybe you’ve been, and since you know the work itself changes with the levels of the lake you want to see what it looks like now.

Well, here’s a sneak peek — not the whole thing, because we don’t want you to simply live vicariously through photos. The storms of 2011 were such that despite the tepid winter of 2012 and the summer’s lingering drought, the lake levels are high enough that Spiral Jetty is partially submerged; but not completely — you can still walk out to the center of the spiral, though in a few places you’ll have to make some precarious leaps from rock to rock to get there. So, either stretch before you go, or bring shoes you won’t mind getting a little wet.

In 2010 we published an article by Hikmet Sidney Loe, which shows the water levels from 1971 to 2010. Check it out here. And to see more of Loe’s work on Spiral Jetty, Sun Tunnels and Land Art, check out her site: http://www.hikmetsidneyloe.com/

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