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Robert Smithson, Leaning Strata (1968)

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Walker Art Center

Date

1998

Institution Walker Art Center
Leaning Strata is the visual manifestation of an extensive set of investigations Smithson was conducting during the mid-1960s, which included geology, astronomy, perspective, mapping, and the nature of time and matter. The title suggests a geological configuration. The stepping of the elements in the form, if continued according to the system established (i.e., moving at a regular rate away from the implied center), would conclude in a spiral. This is not unlike Smithson's elementary crystallographic structure, which attained its greatest scale in his earthwork Spiral Jetty (1970) in the Great Salt Lake in Utah.
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Type: Commentary, object label
Source: Label text for Robert Smithson, Leaning Strata (1968), from the exhibition 100 Years of Sculpture: From the Pedestal to the Pixel, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, February 22-May 24, 1998.
Rights: Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: March 1, 2009