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Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970) in 2005.
Photograph by Jason Edward Kaufman
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A COSMIC JOKE
by Charlie Finch



Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970), now purportedly threatened by a wildcat oil operation on the Great Salt Lake, is the direct consequence of human intervention. Before the Southern Pacific Railroad constructed a causeway in 1959, water flowed naturally through the Great Salt Lake, dissolving any potential encrustations.

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