|"End of the line?" photo: K. Freitas|
As reported by Tyler Green on his Modern Art Notes blog, Robert Smithson's iconic Spiral Jetty's lease is up and open to potential takers of which (at the time of this writing) there were three. A quick glance at Green's blog just now reveals that DIA Foundation, the Jetty's owner, is "poised to retain Spiral Jetty- site lease" after apparently, missing a deadline to renew it earlier this year. The three potential candidates were the DIA (the original lease holder), Greg Allen, "an art collector and former investment banker"; and Herbert Steiner, a "retired Seattle schoolteacher and arts-funder".
This has been a fascinating story to follow, not to mention an important one, and I thank Green for his informative and exhaustive coverage. I had the opportunity to visit the Jetty a few years back. Its indelible stain on my psyche, art knowledge, and general well-being has never washed away. I've followed the Jetty's trials and tribulations ever since it came under attack (shortly after my visit) as a possible site for future offshore oil drilling. I've been an advocate and supporter ever since. I highly recommend visiting the Spiral Jetty as one thing you must do before you make a final pass through life. You will not regret it.
You can read more of Green's reporting here and here.
You can also read about my visit to the Jetty here.