Three years after graduating, she married fellow environmental artist Robert Smithson in 1963. Receive Dia News and be the first to hear about events and exhibitions happening at our locations and sites. An only child, she spent a great deal of her childhood in New Jersey, where her father worked as a chemical engineer and her mother was a homemaker. Total length: 86 ft. New York, Drawing for Positioning of Holes in the Perseus Constellation for "Sun Tunnels". Sun Tunnels is located in the Great Basin Desert outside of the town of Lucin, Utah. Holt, who is the widow of Robert Smithson the creator of the famous Spiral Jetty, started work on the Sun Tunnels in 1974 and completed the installation in 1976. Diameter of concrete tunnels: 9 ft. 3 in. Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels (1973–76) is located in the Great Basin Desert in northwestern Utah. A few years later, she developed the room-sized installations Holes of Light (1973) and Mirrors of Light (1974). Her Sun Tunnels (1973–6) consists of huge concrete tunnels built on 40 acres in Utah whose positions are aligned with the sunrises and sunsets of the solstices in order to channel the intensity of desert light. The mammoth undertaking unfolds as a series of moments, from the mundanity of shoveling dirt by hand, to the tense magnitude of a concrete tunnel suspended mid-air. She studied biology at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. x 86 ft. x 53 ft. (2.8 x 26.2 x 16.2 m); length on the diagonal: 86 ft. (26.2 m), Collection Dia Art Foundation with support from Holt/Smithson Foundation, The Institute for Art and Urban Resources, All images © Holt/Smithson Foundation, licensed by VAGA at ARS, x 86 ft. x 53 ft. (2.8 x 26.2 x 16.2 m); length on the diagonal: 86 ft. (26.2 m) Nancy Holt's Sun Tunnels Nancy Holt's interest in astronomy became a key element in her art, which investigates the physical attributes of perception. The tunnels align with the sun on the summer and winter solstice so that when the sun rises and sets you can view it through the concrete tunnels. [Skip to main navigation] Center for Land Use Interpretation, Wendover, Utahhttp://www.clui.org, Holt/Smithson Foundation www.holtsmithsonfoundation.org, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah, Salt Lake Citywww.umfa.utah.edu. Dia is proud to be the owner and steward of Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels. Visitors are advised to bring their own food and water and should be prepared in case of unpredictable weather or automobile occurrences. © Holt/Smithson Foundation and Dia Art Foundation, licensed by VAGA at ARS, New York, Nancy Holt, Sun Tunnels  (1973-76) Nancy Holt, Sun Tunnels (1973-76) Small holes are configured in the concrete to cast projections of constellations along the tunnels’ interior; Draco, Perseus, Columba, and Capricorn materialize out of sunlight, their patterns illuminated upon the viewer inside. x 9 ft. 3 in. We rely on your help to preserve the artwork for all of us now and for future generations. She also worked in film, video, and photography and created many works of public art. Photograph:  ZCZ Films/James Fox. At best, they are inducements for people to go and see the actual work.” Regardless of their artistic intent, Holt’s photographs play a significant role in the investigative process: before, during, and after the construction of ​Sun Tunnels. Composed of four concrete cylinders that are 18 feet in length and 9 feet in diameter, Sun Tunnels is arranged in an open cross format and aligned to frame the sun on the horizon during the summer and winter solstices. Tom Wharton | The Salt Lake Tribune Holes cut in cement Sun Tunnels tubes resemble constellations. This is especially evident in Sun Tunnels, her most famous work, where the changing conditions of weather and light transform the work from one moment to the next. In its few days in the public’s consciousness, the so-called Utah monolith, which mysteriously appeared then vanished from a remote San Juan County canyon last week, has become, at least briefly, more well-known than either Spiral Jetty or Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels… After graduating with a degree in biology in 1960 from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, Holt moved to New York. Sun tunnels collect light from a globe installed on the home’s roof and then direct that light down a metal tube or tunnel. Few contemporary works of art feel as ancient as Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels. Completed in 1976, the sculpture features a configuration of four concrete tubes or "tunnels" that are … The "tunnels" consist of 22 tons of concrete aligned with the summer and winter solstices. Sun Tunnels marks the yearly extreme positions of the sun on the horizon—the tunnels being aligned with the angles of the rising and setting of the sun on the days of the solstices, around June 21st and December 21st. “Then I discovered that she wanted to visit these other sites in the area, which she … Photograph by Nancy Holt. In a remote valley of Utah’s Great Basin Desert, Holt’s massive ​Sun Tunnels ​looms along the horizon, visible from over a mile away. Nancy Holt was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1938, and raised in New Jersey. The photographs are mounted on paper and demarcated with cardinal direction, as well as the geographical landmarks featured within them. Sun Tunnels Self-Guide Nancy Holt, Sunlight in Sun Tunnels, 1976, thirty photographs of sunlight and shadow in one tunnel, photographed every half hour from 6:30 am to 9:00 pm, July 14, 1976. On the summer and winter solstices, you can view the rising and setting sun perfectly framed through one of the tunnels. Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels (1973–76) is located in the Great Basin Desert in northwestern Utah. A gas station is located in Montello. Dia partners with the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Holt/Smithson Foundation, and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah to further advocate for Sun Tunnels. New York City, 537 West 22nd Street Nancy Holt, the creator of this piece of art, selected the area for its feeling of desolation, but also its relative ease of access. Holt searched for and found a site Sun Tunnels can exist only in that particular place—the work evolved out of its site.” Composed of four concrete cylinders that are 18 feet in length and 9 feet in diameter, Sun Tunnels is arranged in an open cross format and aligned to frame the sun on the horizon during the summer and winter solstices. From Salt Lake City, take I-80 west 151 miles through Wendover, Utah, to Oasis, Nevada. Carry out any waste with you. Continue on NV-233 for 11 miles back into Utah, where the road becomes UT-30. A year later, she purchased 40 acres in the Great Basin Desert on which she built the work. The first key to understanding "Sun Tunnels," Nancy Holt's 1976 landmark of the Land Art movement, is to find her work from that heroic and grandiose period in American art. Purchased with funds from the Paul L. and Phyllis C. Wattis Endowment for Works on Paper. In 1971 she initiated her multiyear series Locators, consisting of various steel sculptures of vertical rods that support a telescope-like pipe through which a viewer could look. You can see. Nancy Holt was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1938. Her engagement with the Western landscape manifested in the photographic series Western Graveyards (1968) and continued with the film Mono Lake (1968/2004), a collaboration with Michael Heizer and Robert Smithson. Do not tamper with the artwork, make fire pits, or trample vegetation. The first major conservation project for Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels (1973-76)—four concrete sculptures in Utah’s Great Basin Desert—will commence in … Dia Art Foundation with support from Holt/Smithson Foundation. Please leave Sun Tunnels and the natural environment exactly as you found it. Four large cement cylinders in the desert Four large cement cylinders in the desert The Sun Tunnels were created by American Artist Nancy Holt from 1973 to 1976. Photograph: Nancy Holt, Collection Dia Art Foundation with support from Holt/Smithson Foundation [Skip to content] Great Basin Desert, Utah Each tunnel is perforated by a series of holes corresponding to stars in various constellations—Capricorn, Columba, Draco, and Perseus—so that shadows cast by the sun through these small apertures into each tube trace the earth’s rotation. Lucin, Utah. Dia Acquires Sun Tunnels by Nancy Holt. A preparatory sheet of 126 format color transparency slides mapping various views that Sun Tunnels would frame. Holt’s interest in the West as both concept and terrain is evident in her first site-specific environmental work, Missoula Ranch Locators: Vision Encompassed (1972), which placed a series of Locator sculptures within a large field in Montana. The work is a product of Holt’s interest in the great variation of intensity of the sun in the desert compared to the sun in the city. The film reaches a beautiful conclusion in a display of the dance between the sunlight, the tunnels, and the desert surrounds at various times of day. For rights and reproduction requests, contact rights@diaart.org. Tom Wharton | The Salt Lake Tribune This is one of the four cement tubes that make up Nancy Holt's land art creation called the S Tom Wharton | The Salt Lake Tribune Two of the four cement Sun Tunnels, a piece of land art found in a remote corner of northwest Tom Wharton | The Salt Lake … Twelve photographs of the horizon line correspond to twelve separate angles of sight, a foreshadowing of what will be the views from Holt’s majestic earthwork, ​Sun Tunnels. Employment, Internships, and Opportunities. ten) and nine miles east of the Nevada border. Her first major work, Sun Tunnels, was constructed on a remote plot in the Great Basin Desert in northwest Utah. These thirty photographs document the sun’s movement from inside one of the tunnels, every half hour from 6:30 am to 9:00 pm on July 14, 1976. With ​Sun Tunnels, ​Holt brings the cosmos down to the earth and into the realm of human experience. Hydra’s Head (1974) is an arrangement of concrete cylinders on a riverbank that correspond to the constellation above. Phone reception may be unreliable. Sun Tunnels is located in the Great Basin Desert outside of the ghost town of Lucin, Utah. Nancy Holt, American land artist known for her large site-specific works and her role in the development of Land Art in the 1960s. Nancy Holt, Sun Tunnels (1973-76) Great Basin Desert, Utah Concrete, steel, earth Overall dimensions: 9 ft. 2-1/2 in. A sun tunnel brings light to any room of the home, even those without direct access to the roof or an outside wall. Photo: ZCZ Films/James Fox, courtesy Holt/Smithson Foundation. Photographic and video material of Sun Tunnels is copyright protected. From Nancy Holt's "Sun Tunnels" originally published in Artforum, Vol. Sun Tunnels is an approximate 4-hour drive from Salt Lake City. She is best known for her earthwork titled Sun Tunnels (1973–76), located in the Continue east for 20 miles (toward Montello). The influential land artist, who was born on this day, 5 April, in 1938, managed to work deep, celestial mechanics into this concrete tunnel work, situated in Utah’s Great Basin desert. Holt searched for and found a site which was remote and empty. Concrete, steel, earth In 2018 Dia Art Foundation acquired Sun Tunnels with support from Holt-Smithson Foundation. She is internationally recognized for Sun Tunnels (1973–76), a pioneering work of Land art located in Utah’s Great Basin Desert. The Sun Tunnels are a "land art" installation created by artist Nancy Holt. Composed of four concrete cylinders that are 18 feet in length and 9 feet in diameter, Sun Tunnels is arranged in an open cross format and aligned to frame the … There are no bathrooms, food, fresh water, nor fuel at the site. Nancy Holt was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. x 53 ft., diagonal length: 86 ft. Each tunnel: 18 ft. 1 in. 8 (April, 1977). Overall dimensions: 9 ft. 2-1/2 in. In 1976, the American artist Nancy Holt completed this large piece of art consisting of four concrete tubes laid out in an open X configuration in Utah ’s Great Basin Desert. By the early 1970s, her work became increasingly concerned with the complexities of perception, specifically the effects of light and focus on spatial and temporal conceptions. Artist Nancy Holt completed this art installation in 1976. Take Exit 378 for NV-233 (toward Oasis/Montello). Concrete, steel, and earth. Sun Tunnels 1973-76 Nancy Holt, Great Basin Desert, Utah. Sun Tunnels can exist only in that particular place—the work evolved out of its site. [Skip to secondary content] The four tunnels are concrete tubes laid out in an X shape, each drilled with holes to pattern the constellations of Draco, Perseus, Columbia, and Capricorn. Composite from original 35 mm color transparencies, printed 2010. New York – Dia Art Foundation announced today that Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels (1973–76)—a pioneering work of Land art located in the Great Basin Desert in northwestern Utah—has joined its collection of art. She died in New York in 2014. Turn left onto Little Pigeon Road and proceed about 2 miles. Commercially printed postcard invitation to Sun Tunnels. The land is in the Great Basin Desert in northwestern Utah, about four miles southeast of Lucin (pop. The tunnels frame the sunrises and sunsets on the sol Sun Tunnels 1973-76. Nancy Holt Sun Tunnels, 1973–76, is built on forty acres, which I bought in 1974 specifically as a site for the work. Great Basin Desert, Utah. Holt first visited the American West in 1968. Holt is best known for her iconic work Sun Tunnels (1973-6) located in the Great Basin Desert, Utah, but worked in many media, including concrete poetry, audiotapes, videos, photographs, site-specific installations, artist’s books, and major public sculpture commissions. The idea for Sun Tunnels became clearer to me while I was in the desert watching the sun rising and setting, keeping the time of the earth. ten) and nine miles east of the Nevada border. Annotations of compass direction in pencil. The nine foot diameter, 18 foot-long tunnels are pierced by holes of varying size that correspond with the pattern of selected celestial constellations. Sun Tunnels is an artwork by Nancy Holt, completed in 1976, consisting of four large concrete tubes, laid out in the desert in an open X configuration. Sun Tunnels marks the yearly extreme positions of the sun on the horizon—the tunnels being aligned with the angles of the rising and setting of the sun on the days … Sun Tunnels was completed in 1976. 15 No. Visitors must “leave no trace” at the site. The land is in the Great Basin Desert in northwestern Utah, about four miles southeast of Lucan (pop. Concrete, steel, earth Credit... All rights reserved Holt-Smithson Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York; Nancy Holt The work is a product of Holt’s interest in the great variation of intensity of the sun in the desert compared to the sun in the city. SUN TUNNELS, 1973–76, is built on forty acres, which I bought in 1974 specifically as a site for the work. Holt’s five-decade-long practice included work in art, architecture, and time-based media that involved singular mediations on the environment. The four concrete structures are arranged in a cross formation, positioned precisely to frame the sun as it rises and sets during the summer and winter solstices. ten) and nine miles east of the Nevada border. In selecting the constellations for each tunnel, Holt required that the stars be of different magnitudes, with enough stars in each constellation to encompass the top half of the tunnel. Nancy Holt, an artist exploring the human perception of time and space, earth and sky, built the Sun Tunnels as a unique art project completed in 1976. About 8 miles past the state line is a sign for Lucin, an empty town with no remaining buildings. A New Exhibition of Holt’s Work to Open at Dia:Chelsea in September 2018. diameter, from the collection of Dia Art Foundation with support from Holt/Smithson Foundation, © Holt/Smithson Foundation and Dia Art Foundation, licensed by VAGA, New York. © Holt/Smithson Foundation and Dia Art Foundation, licensed by VAGA at ARS, New York. Nancy Holt, Sun Tunnels, 1973-76, Great Basin Desert, Utah Length: 86 ft. Turn right onto NV-233 E/Montello Rd (toward Montello). During these formative years, she traveled extensively to various locations in the United States and abroad and began composing concrete poetry and photographic work that aligned her interest in the nuances of observation and the particularities of site. “At first I thought we were just going to go see Sun Tunnels,” Williams recalled. x 86 ft. x 53 ft. (2.8 x 26.2 x 16.2 m); length on the diagonal: 86 ft. (26.2 m) Composed of four concrete cylinders that are 18 feet in length and 9 feet in diameter, Sun Tunnels is arranged on the desert The drawing is both a preparatory tool and an allusion to Holt’s conceptual meditations; the lines radiating from the center suggest an infinite path of sight, while the photographs fragment the view, limiting us to a constructed experience of the landscape. New York, New York 10011. Nancy Holt 1978, 26:31 min, color, sound, 16 mm film on HD video Sun Tunnels documents the making of Holt's major site-specific sculptural work in the northwest Utah desert. Biography of Nancy Holt Holt was born on April 5, 1938 in Worcester, Massachusetts. The work centers Holt’s interest in perception and involves a focus on time—sculpting the sun’s light through the interplay of land and sky, and celestial shifts from day to night. As Holt articulated in 1977: “The idea for Sun Tunnels became clear to me while I was in the desert watching the sun rising and setting, keeping the time of the earth. The tunnels are on a patch of land in remote northwest Utah. Nancy Holt Sun Tunnels, 1973–76 Internationally recognized as a pioneering work of Land art, Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels (1973–76) is situated within a 40-acre plot in the Great Basin Desert in northwestern Utah. [Go to accessibility information], Nancy Holt, Sun Tunnels, 1973–76. © Holt/Smithson Foundation and Dia Art Foundation/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. It echoes a later account from art historian Alena J. Williams of her own pilgrimage in 2007 to Sun Tunnels, a trip she planned with the artist while researching her book Nancy Holt: Sightlines, which remains the definitive text on Holt’s work. The land is in the Great Basin Desert in northwestern Utah, about four miles southeast of Lucin (pop. On those days the sun is centered through the tunnels, and is nearly center for about ten days before and after the solstices. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2018. Viewed all together, the series is a work of aesthetic splendor, yet Holt is deliberate in her assertion that “photographs of the work are memory traces, not art. As the name suggests, this is Holt’s plan for the holes that were to perforate one of the concrete tunnels, as proxy for the Perseus constellation, in her landmark earthwork, Sun Tunnels. Nancy Holt’s “Sun Tunnels” (1973-76) is sited in the Great Basin Desert in Utah. Sun Tunnels. The "tunnels" are actually large cast concrete culverts. The nearest locations with bathrooms, drinking water, and gas are in Montello, Nevada, which is approximately 45 minutes from Sun Tunnels. Take the first one (Grouse Creek Road) for five miles to Lucin. Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels and Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty did that in their own time,” said Tassie. [Skip to quick links] x 68 ft. 6 in. x 86 ft. x 53 ft. (2.8 x 26.2 x 16.2 m); length on the diagonal: 86 ft. (26.2 m) Holt’s work with artificial light led her to work with natural light in the landscape and, ultimately, create Sun Tunnels. Overall dimensions: 9 ft. 2-1/2 in. Overall dimensions: 9 ft. 2-1/2 in. There are two gravel roads on the right. The Dia Art Foundation is embarking on a project to clean and conserve Sun Tunnels, Nancy Holt’s monumental 1973-76 Land Art project in the Great Basin Desert in northwestern Utah. Each explores the physical properties of light projected onto cylindrical forms. Triangular pedestrian island located at Broadway between 45th and 46th Streets Nancy Holt (American, 19382014), Sun Tunnels, 197376, Great Basin Desert, Utah, concrete, steel, and earth, 9 ft. 3 in. In 1973 Holt began working on Sun Tunnels. Bear right at the unmarked fork in the road, cross the railroad tracks, and continue on the same road for about 2 miles. A streamlined record of the construction of Holt’s iconic earthwork, ​Sun Tunnels, ​ Holt’s accompanying film is both documentation and an independent moving image work. For general inquiries related to Sun Tunnels, contact suntunnels@diaart.org. 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