it or Smithson when everything I've read about the man proclaims he was a prodigy of his time and even more profound because of his dying in his thirties.

It's as if Smithson and the Jetty are veiled in paradox. The Jetty being the best known work of a noted, influential artist, but neither really being known or recognized anymore.

It's as if both existed to realize a self fulfilling prophecy just as large as the Jetty itself; both just as susceptible to the theories of erosion, impermanence and entropy Smithson built his works upon.

Anyway, I think it is going to be great. The Adventure of a lifetime. I suppose there is just something iconically romantic and classically American about blindly adventuring out into the countryside armed only with the aim of seeing if there happens to be a place where you feel like you can create something. It’s almost a quality I can't really imagine someone being in possession of anymore. And here I am lucky enough to be able to go see it. Who knows, maybe there’s also some sort of universal calling at work keeping the jetty in my mind all these years, there has to be a reason I’m ascribing it all this meaning and significance. Couple that with the fact so relatively few people seem to know about the jetty, yet it's this piece of work that exists out in the wild nonetheless, and ‘I’ am also privileged enough to be one of the few aware of it.

I don't know how to describe the feeling, but its a good one.

Aside from the jetty, I’m also thinking of going to see ‘Sun Tunnels’ by Smithson's wife Nancy Holt, it’s also in Utah-so there is another reason to visit the state I suppose-and what else am I doing with my life and time, you know? It’s just that, if I was at all worried about breaking down and being stranded at the jetty; its being in a remote, obscure location, ‘Sun Tunnels’ worries me even more so. It’s so far out it's isolated. Interestingly enough though, unbeknownst to me,

once I started digging into Nancy Holt’s work, I discovered I had actually walked through a work of hers called ‘Dark Star Park’ in Rosslyn, VA,-right in your neck of the woods as it would turn out-on my way to visit the Iwo Jima monument in neighboring Arlington.

I must say, it was absolutely amazing. Something everyone should see in their lifetime. It made the trek out to the monument even more relevant and notable. I suppose the only thing that could have made it more endearing was knowing Nancy Holt was Robert Smithson’s wife, and in that way was also linked to the Jetty. On the whole though, I think Dark Star is probably much more elaborate in its execution than Sun Tunnels.

Although, I have no idea how hard it must be or how long it must take to align giant concrete tunnels so that the sun shines through them at sunrise and sunset on the days of the solstices, let alone how you would drill precise holes through thick concrete so the pattern of

specific star constellations are projected inside the tunnels when the sun shines down on them from above, but there is just… much more to take in at Dark Star, as it doesn’t just exist as four concrete tunnels placed out in the middle of a desert basin.

Relatives in theme and construction, the contrasts between the two couldn't make them any different, regardless the qualities uniting them in similarity.

Whereas ‘Sun Tunnels’ exists as a lonely piece in the middle of an absolute, desolate expanse that you have to push yourself to the outer reaches of a state to behold and seldom visited; composed of simple objects that look as if they were left over from a construction project and dumped where no one would find them, ‘Dark Star’ is an elaborate site composed of the same (concrete) tunnels, reflecting pools, and giant concrete spheres squeezed

into the middle of a city, existing within an elaborate intersection that untold numbers of individuals pass by and through each day.

(Ironically, it's probably a safe bet to venture Dark Star in all its grandeur probably had materials left over after construction concluded.)

Yet contextually, Sun Tunnels, even in its simplicity, might be more elaborate. In Astronomical terms I want to say there is an object subject to a specific annual sun alignment event at Dark Star, but the park as a whole isn't necessitated in its function by the alignment of the sun the ways Sun Tunnels is designed to be.

I suppose the juxtaposition of the two in those sorts of regards makes them all the more fascinating to me. It also almost guarantees I'm going to make the effort and chance the risks associated with driving so far away from civilization to go see Sun Tunnels.

Anyhow, it'd be a real bummer if you were to miss out on seeing Dark Star Park, especially being as close to it as you are. Perhaps you can volunteer to be like- on a road crew that cleans its sidewalks and gutters or mow its lawn. You know, the whole community/convict outreach type thing. Though watching other people enjoying their day might be the worst part of a job like that, I'd imagine.

That being written, I'll try to send you a post card of the Jetty or Tunnels should I make it to see them and be able to find a post card. Hopefully that'll whet your appetite for the time between your getting to go see them for yourself. (We know Prison Grits aren't getting it done.) They'll allow you to soak up the idea of them and the

world awaiting your eventual escape-official or otherwise- in the mean time.

I’m actually kind of jealous, of the folks living in Virginia. Winter is just around the corner and I bet Dark Star Park looks spectacular under snow. A real new world seventh wonder one shouldn't miss, they may even put up lights! Who knows maybe you'd even get to hear the 'Netherlands Carillon' bell tower near the Iwo Jima monument; surprisingly gifted to us by the Finnish, you'll be surprised to discover and let others know. Maybe you'll even get lucky and be able to hear it play 'Jingle Bells' if you happen to be on a Community/Convict outreach detail shoveling snow, what with the holiday season being upon us.

And of course it plays 'Jingle Bells,' the song having been written by the Finnish James Lord Pierpont after all, in English you'll be surprised to learn, and its being a 'bell' tower.

In any event, I think I’ll close with that, I have a trip to further plan and pack for. The bee hive state awaits and I can’t wait to feel the freedom of the open road ahead of me. It’s going to be an amazing get away. I can kind of already feel it in what could be the new agey marrow of my bones. Maybe some day I will feel the effects the food I consume has on it too.

Stay warm <s>out</s> in there, and say 'Hi' to Gary for me. I bought him a holiday friendship scarf but he has to reach out to me in order to collect.

-Brian

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it or Smithson when everything I've read about the man proclaims he was a prodigy of his time and even more profound because of his dying in his thirties.

It's as if Smithson and the Jetty are veiled in paradox. The Jetty being the best known work of a noted, influential artist, but neither really being known or recognized anymore.

It's as if both existed to realize a self fulfilling prophecy just as large as the Jetty itself; both just as susceptible to the theories of erosion, impermanence and entropy Smithson built...

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