PLACE: Zion National Park, Utah
LOCATION: United States
NOTORIOUS: Rock formations
NEAREST AIRPORT: I think it must be Vegas…
COORDINATES: 37.2026° N, 112.9878° W
CURRENCY: US Dollars
There’s something absolutely wild about this National Park. The rock formations and sandstone cliffs stand majestically amongst the dusty desert landscape. Unlike many of the parks in this region, hikers walk on the ground looking up at the towering cliffs versus standing on the cliff rims looking down. I love that you can hike around all the nooks and crannies of this maze of a canyon without seeing anyone for miles.
Apparently there’s an amazing drive from the east to west gates on Highway 9 if you don’t feel like hiking. Some blogs say that the Angel’s Landing is one of the most exciting hikes in America (woah…) so I definitely feel like that’s a must do if you’re in the area. Also, the Zion Narrows looks like a beautiful photo opportunity to integrate the desert sandstone with a shallow water scape. Mmmm… I can smell the fresh air now.
PLACE: Spiral Jetty
LOCATION: Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake, Utah
NOTORIOUS: Land Art
NEAREST AIRPORT: SLC, Salt Lake City Aiport (2.5 hours)
COORDINATES: 41.4377° N, 112.6689° W
CURRENCY: American Dollar
When I first found about Robert Smithson’s Earthworks in one of the last classes I took at UBC… I was mesmerized. I didn’t realize the work for environmental awareness (being green was a new thing, right?) had been going on for so long it had evolved so many different ways through culture. The Spiral Jetty was built of mud, salt crystals, basalt rocks, and dirt in the Great Salt Lake near Salt Lake City, Utah.
To me, the Spiral Jetty is the ultimate manifestation of wabi-sabi – the lake will continue to erode the piece until it is eventually not there …denoting the imperfection and impermanence in all things. The fluctuating water levels, salt content, and currents always create a different photograph. One piece of art has created millions to follow. One day in my life I will go here and take my own picture. I will definitely let you guys know when I do.
Managed to make the drive out to see this artistic inspiration? What was it like? I wanna know about it.