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Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty is turning white with age, according to this story from Arts Telegraph. “Three decades of immersion have coated the dark rock with sparkling salt crystals, so the Jetty and its surroundings now resemble a landscape from the frozen north. The rich, rusty waters coloured by moulting shrimp and algae have now turned pale pink. All of this poses a neat conservation dilemma for the Dia Centre for the Arts, to which the Spiral Jetty was donated in 1999.” Should DIA “dye” the Jetty with a new load of black basalt?

- Meredith Tromble [Tuesday, August 10th, 2004]

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