How can a simple column of metal capture the world’s imagination? Easy: Put it in Utah’s Red Rock Country and suggest it’s the work of extraterrestrial beings.
In a single week, a metal obelisk in a remote part of southeastern Utah was discovered, rose to international fame, turned regular people into art tourists and was then removed with extreme prejudice. The obelisk offered a pleasing distraction during trying times. It also displayed the power of art to provoke reactions and jumpstart conversations. We’ll explore the mystery of the obelisk this Friday at 11 a.m. MST.
- Greg Reiche, Santa Fe-based artist | @GregReicheDesign
- Zak Podmore, Report for America corp member who covers San Juan County for The Salt Lake Tribune. You can find a link to his reporting on the Utah monolith at SLTrib.com. | @zak_podmore
- Michael Benson, artist, filmmaker and the author of Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrik, Arthur C. Clarke and The Making of a Masterpiece. [IndieBound | Bookshop|Amazon]
- Hikmet Loe, adjunct faculty in art history at Westminster College. Author of The Spiral Jetty Encyclo: Exploring Robert Smithson’s Earthwork through Time and Place. [IndieBound | Bookshop|Amazon] | @HikmetLoe
- Denae Shanidiin, Diné and Korean artist, director of MMIWhoismissing. | @denaeshanidiin