By Donna Poulton
"Nature is never finished."- Robert Smithson
Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty has been described by Greg Lindquist as “arguably the most famous, least experienced work in the earthworks/land art canon.” While virtually every art student studies Smithson’s ideas about entropy and the death of art, few will ever experience his actual work. Situated two hours north of Salt Lake City, the sculpture was created on the shore of the Great Salt Lake near Rozel Point. The drive to the site, over an axle-breaking dirt road, is one of many challenges for visitors trying to get a glimpse of the Jetty. A victim of the lake’s drought and flood cycle, the Spiral Jetty has spent much its 42-year existence under water. Smithson died in a plane crash three years after the Jetty was built, but the ensuing confusion and impediments created by the natural flood cycle would certainly have supported his ideas of entropy.