Robert Smithson

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‘He was one of the founders of the art form known as earthworks or land art, and is most well known for the Spiral Jetty, 1970, located in the Great Salt Lake, Utah. Smithson’s earthworks defined an entirely original notion of landscape. Dissatisfied with the status quo, Smithson did not limit himself to any one form or style of art.’

‘For Spiral Jetty, his most famous project, he used rocks and debris to build a 15-foot-wide spiral in Utah’s Great Salt Lake.’ [assessed 31/01/13]

With just a short career Robert Smithson has definitely placed a mark in his own field. His work is highly eggagerated and tends to work with the spiral shape as he was popularly known for. I like how the emphasis is placed on the nature objects and materials rather than the surrondings in which audiences can focus on the detail of the art.

Robert Smithson does not limit himself to any one form or style of art but tries to communicate the transforming relationships between man and landscape.



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