Friday, January 8, 2010

The days are getting longer...

Photo below (Photo and story, Marking Time at Sun Tunnels, by Hikmet Sidney Loe in the current issue of 15 bytes ): "Sun Tunnels, the earthwork created by artist Nancy Holt between 1973 and 1976. Sun Tunnels sits on forty acres of land purchased in 1974 by Holt the year after her husband, the artist Robert Smithson (The Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake, 1970), died in a plane accident." "Each year since 1976, on the summer and winter solstices, the sun has risen and set in the center of these tunnels. The polarity of these two dates each year – the smallest of winter and the largest of summer – points us to the opposing forces that are signified through Sun Tunnels."
Photos below: At the site of Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty (Photos by Suzanne Harmon and Sparky): That's Suzanne, aka Spunky-Sue, waving in the bottom photo.Sun Tunnels and Spiral Jetty are two environmental art treasures located in Utah made by world renowned artists. Suzanne and I took the trip out to see Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty in the heat of July 2009. The road is a bumpy one and at the very least you will want to take a vehicle with high clearance. (Maybe a little later model than the old Toyota Land Cruiser I drove, which gave full bounce to every bump!) Also, the map below is a pretty good one to keep you on the right road. We took a wrong turn in July without benefit of map---it would have been good to have missed a few of the bumps!
Hey, Suzanne would you consider coming back to Utah to visit the Sun Tunnels? I hear the roads are pretty smooth. :o)

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