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The Spiral Jetty
Weekend, sponsored by the ISC and the Salt Lake Art Center, was an exciting
event. While the ISC has been doing conferences and awards programs for
many years, this represents a new and very positive direction. It was
remarkable for many reasons.
- This was purely
an art event with a single focus and no other agenda.
- Spiral Jetty
is unique. It was created almost 35 years ago, only to be covered by
water. Since it re-emerged just recently, few art lovers have had the
opportunity to experience it firsthand.
- Smithson created
the Jetty where it is because of the remarkable backdrop created by
the Great Salt Lake. That environment changes daily. Our day was marked
by a strong wind, which enabled us to walk on water, as
blocks of salt foam tumbled across the landscape.
- The collaboration
with the Salt Lake Art Center set a standard for what we hope will be
many future partnerships and events at sites around the country and
even the world.
I would like to include
a portion of a thank you note written by ISC Vice Chairman
and Salt Lake Art Center Board member Josh Kanter to the more than 100
attendees. This event was Joshs brainchild, and he deserves our
Has the smell of the salt air and the visual magnificence of Spiral Jetty
drifted out of your mind yet? I doubt it! On behalf of the Salt Lake Art
Center and the International Sculpture Center, I would like to thank you
for participating in the recent Spiral Jetty Weekend. I sincerely hope
that you enjoyed yourselfthe feedback that we have received thus
far has been exceptionally positive.
As you may know, I sit on the Boards of both of the SLAC and the ISC.
About a year ago, a few of us brainstormed the idea of bringing these
two organizations together to organize an event in celebration of Spiral
Jettys re-emergence. That idea flourished, led to a terrific cover
story in Sculpture magazine, and culminated in a terrific and well-attended
event. Due to changing weather conditions, it turns out that the Friday
and Saturday tours had completely differentthough equally moving
and enjoyableexperiences. If you get the opportunity, I encourage
you to visit Spiral Jetty again. You are unlikely to have the same experience
The SLAC and the ISC are meaningful organizations run and supported by
dedicated individuals. Like all arts organizations, they both face a constant
struggle to finance their next worthwhile program. If you are not a current
member or supporter of either organization, I encourage you to join us.
Membership to the ISC is $95 per year and includes a subscription to the
award-winning Sculpture magazine, along with many other benefits. Membership
to the SLAC is $10 per year and helps to insure free access to any and
all. Of course unrestricted contributions above a basic membership are
always welcome and ultimately serve as the lifeblood of arts organizations
such as these. Please consider some form of support of the SLAC and the
I hope that you will all follow Joshs advice and continue your support
for the ISC, so that we can support sculpture. And if you have any ideas
for future ISC on-site adventures, please let us know. E-mail RDuncan@sculpture.org.
Chairman, ISC Board of Directors
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