Dennis Oppenheim Salt Flat 1968

Artwork details

Artist
Dennis Oppenheim born 1938
Title
Salt Flat
Date 1968
Medium Photograph, map and typescript on board
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 711 x 559 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1973
Reference
T01773
Not on display

Display caption

Oppenheim spread 1,000 pounds of salt into a 50 x 100 foot rectangle in a parking lot in New York. This work includes a map showing the location of the site, and a photograph of the salt in position. Oppenheim intended to place salt blocks of identical weight on the ocean bed off the Bahamas, and along the surface of the Salt Lake desert in Utah. In each context, the salt would undergo change, whether spreading out, disintegrating in water, or becoming incorporated into a solid salt surface. These later actions were never carried out.

August 2004

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