Tacita Dean: Recent films and other works: Works: Trying to Find the Spiral Jetty 1997

Trying to Find the Spiral Jetty 1997
Audio CD, 27 minutes
Courtesy the artist, Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris

This sound work documents my journey to try and find Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970) following faxed directions I received from Utah Arts Council. I went with someone who had no idea what he was looking for. I never intended making a work from this trip but it was a combination of the extraordinary quality of Rozel Point and the Great Salt Lake, and the fact that I can never be sure that I found the risen or submerged jetty that inspired me to partially construct the documentation of this journey.