Art foundation seeks new lease for Spiral Jetty sculpture

The Spiral Jetty juts out 1,500 feet into the Great Salt Lake about 90 miles north of Salt Lake City. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

The Spiral Jetty juts out 1,500 feet into the Great Salt Lake about 90 miles north of Salt Lake City. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Utah state lands officials say a New York City-based art foundation is seeking a new lease on the 10-acre parcel home to the iconic earth sculpture, the Spiral Jetty.

The Dia Art Foundation’s 20-year lease on the Jetty site expired in February.

The Jetty is a 1,500-foot basalt rock formation that juts out in a spiral into the Great Salt Lake about 90 miles north of Salt Lake City.

It was built by artist Robert Smithson in 1970 and donated to Dia for caretaking by the artist’s estate in 1999.

Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands spokesman Jason Curry says ownership of the Jetty reverted to the state upon the lease expiration.

It’s not clear when state officials may decide on a new lease.

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The Spiral Jetty juts out 1,500 feet into the Great Salt Lake about 90 miles north of Salt Lake City. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

The Spiral Jetty juts out 1,500 feet into the Great Salt Lake about 90 miles north of Salt Lake City. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.