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Monday, July 21, 2008

Art in the Middle of Nowhere

There's a lot of Middle of Nowhere in Utah,


and when you've got a lot of Middle of Nowhere, you've got the perfect environment to set up some Earthworks. So Utah is home to some well known and lesser known Earthworks, such as the Tree of Life en route to Wendover:

And the famous Spiral Jetty by Robert Smithson:

But there is yet another Earthwork in Utah of which I have only recently become aware: the Sun Tunnels.


So this past weekend, Ian and I loaded up the Park Ave. with our friends K-T and Whit and together we took an excursion to the Sun Tunnels near Lucin, Utah.



Lucin is a small historic ghost town on the western side of the Great Salt Lake about 50 miles from Wendover, NV. But instead of heading out toward Wendover to get there, we took a northerly route around the lake up through Brigham City and on to Snowville, and from there we followed two sets of conflicting and very convoluted directions in our attempt to find the Sun Tunnels out in the Middle of Nowhere.


The Sun Tunnels are so far out in the Middle of Nowhere that the inhabitants of the area use some kind of language that is altogether unfamiliar to me:


After several wrong turns and much gnashing of teeth about our not having an adequate map or a GPS, we eventually stumbled upon the Sun Tunnels. Behold their undying glory:


Despite the uncanny resemblance to a roadway construction site, the Sun Tunnels are actually a set of four giant cement tubes with holes cut in the top such that patterns of constellations shine through during solstice.


We were a month late for the solstice patterns, but even so the Tunnels had plenty of enjoyment to offer. You know, monkey business and the like:




Ian was having an altogether photogenic day

Whereas I was looking a little like a plain jane who seriously needs to do something about her hair color
I'm calling the salon tomorrow.





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16 comments:

Sovknight said...

Great article! And some really good pictures too. I like the very last one.

Sra said...

Thanks, mate!

Trovan said...

I have never previously heard of any of these earthwork thingies. Interesting stuff. Thanks for the info.

I love the redneck shorthand used for the 'no trespassing' sign. Classic.

Phil (dad) said...

I've been to Lucin before but didn't look for the tunnels. I'll have to have you show me where they are on the map. There are a couple of interesting communities up north of Lucin in the Raft River mountains.
Dad

Sra said...

Dad: Ok I'll show you, but we'll have to do that soon before the mental map falls out of my head for good. I know that the Sun Tunnels are exactly 76.0 miles from the junction of Hwys 30 & 42 near Snowville. I measured on the way back.

Trovan: Yes, Earthworks are pretty cool. And if you're bored and need something to go look at, they are perfect for that.

Melliferous Pants said...

What a fun day trip!

And I think you and Ian look adorable in the tunnel, lounging back.

Natalie said...

how interesting. i am always amazed at what people come up with in those middle of nowhere places. some people have a great imagination. and i agree...you look cute in those pics!

feed the world with PEZ said...

Thanks for posting all of the pictures of my photogenic double chin!

Sra said...

Thanks Pants & Natalie, y'all are sweet.

Mr. PEZ: Your two chins look just fine.

The Over-Thinker said...

Those photos are great. I especially like the one of you and Ian in the tunnel with you in the foreground. Your sunglasses are frickin' fabulous.

Sra said...

Thanks O-T. that picture seems to be a popular one, although I almost didn't put it up on account of my hair blowing all over my face. It's windy in those Tunnels.

The sunglasses are a Target special.

natabird said...

Sun Tunnels, huh? I've never heard of them. Was it worth the drive?

Sra said...

If you had correct and precise directions out to the Tunnels, then yes, it is worth it. The picture looks a little unimpressive, but the Tunnels are pretty huge -- about 9-10 foot in diameter I'd say. If you pack up a nice picnic lunch and just plan to chill out for a little while, you'll have a good time. Definitely bring a friend or two. It's the middle of nowhere, so you can even set up camp if you want and no one would bother you. You'd want to bring fire wood, though.

Sra said...

If you had correct and precise directions out to the Tunnels, then yes, it is worth it. The picture looks a little unimpressive, but the Tunnels are pretty huge -- about 9-10 foot in diameter I'd say. If you pack up a nice picnic lunch and just plan to chill out for a little while, you'll have a good time. Definitely bring a friend or two. It's the middle of nowhere, so you can even set up camp if you want and no one would bother you. You'd want to bring fire wood, though.

The Over-Thinker said...

Those photos are great. I especially like the one of you and Ian in the tunnel with you in the foreground. Your sunglasses are frickin' fabulous.

Sra said...

Thanks Pants & Natalie, y'all are sweet.

Mr. PEZ: Your two chins look just fine.

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