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Sun tunnels

Sun tunnels

This is one of those works of art that's worth traveling a long distance for. (See also the Negev Monument, Maryhill Overlook, and Goldwell Open Air Museum.) Sun Tunnels are four concrete tubes that were deposited in remotest Utah in 1976. Hardly accidental, the tunnels were left there by earthwork artist Nancy Holt. A modern Stonehenge, the tunnels are aligned to the position of the sun at the winter and summer solstices.

Sun tunnels

The tunnels are 18-feet long and pierced with circular holes, so that the light inside the tunnels constantly changes as the sun moves across the sky. They also align themselves with the Draco, Perseus, Columbia and Capricorn constellations. The tunnels are located in the Great Basin Desert in northwest Utah, within easy reach of another earthwork masterpiece, the Spiral Jetty, created by Holt's husband Robert Smithson. RM

Sun tunnels

Images CLUI, Scott Carrier

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