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Thursday, June 1, 2017

SOLD OUT- TOURS | Spiral Jetty + Sun Tunnels

Date(s): June 1, 2017 - June 4, 2017

Time: All Day


Organization Details

Contact Phone: 212-343-1735
Contact Email: travel@arttable.org

**This trip is SOLD OUT. To join the waitlist, please email:

Join us on a very special four-day trip to Utah to experience two seminal earthworksSpiral Jetty by Robert Smithson and Sun Tunnels by Nancy Holt. We are extremely fortunate to be joined by Chris Taylor, a scholar, architect, and educator with deep expertise in the field of land art. Chris is the Director of the "Land Arts of the American West" program at Texas Tech, where he takes a group of students into the field for two months each year, traveling 6,000 miles and camping among the sites. 

The program will begin with dinner on a Thursday evening in Salt Lake City. On Friday, after a leisurely morning (with an optional visit to the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and/or a walking tour of Temple Square, the three square blocks that anchor the city to its founding tenets) followed by lunch, we will depart by bus for the Great Salt Lake, stopping at various points of interest along the way, including the Golden Spike National Historic Site, where one of nineteenth-century America’s most important accomplishments occurred: the completion of the first transcontinental railroad. Smithson was reportedly drawn to the site for the Spiral Jetty (built 1970) because of its proximity to the Golden Spike.

We will arrive at the Spiral Jetty in the late afternoon, when we expect the lake to be at the perfect level for a full experience of the piece. There will be ample time to enjoy the changes at the site in the shifting late-afternoon light, followed by a camp dinner cooked on the shore. When dusk falls, we will watch Smithson’s film Spiral Jetty, at the Spiral Jetty

The next morning we depart for the Sun Tunnels, again making stops at points of interest along the way.  Completed in 1976, the four tunnels are concrete tubes laid out in an X shape, each drilled with holes to pattern the constellations of Draco, Perseus, Columbia, and Capricorn. They are massive - nine feet high by 18 feet long. They sit in a remote valley in the Great Basin Desert, west of the Bonneville Salt Flats. Among other sites, we will visit the Bonneville Speedway, one of America’s great landmarks, and the Tree of Utah, an 87-foot high sculpture by Swedish artist Karl Momen, who made it because he felt the salt flats were just too empty. Our accommodations that evening will be in a nearby town. On Sunday morning, we will drive back to Salt Lake City (two hours) and connect to flights home.

Member Price $3.475 (double occupancy) | $3,675 (single occupancy) 
Guest Price | $3, 625

Includes: A scholar/expert on Land Art accompanying us for the whole trip; local transport, accommodations, all meals including alcohol, admissions, gratuities and taxes, as well as a $500 tax-deductible contribution to ArtTable. Not included: airfare.

Payment Schedule 
August  15, 2016: First payment is due at time of registration (50% refundable until November 15, 2016)
November 15, 2016: Second payment is due (non-refundable)
Double occupancy = $1,000; Single occupancy = $1,100
March 31, 2017: Final payment due (non-refundable)

Members are encouraged to bring guests on this trip! 

This trip is being organized by ArtTable member Marella Consolini with ALTOUR. 

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