Art © Holt/Smithson Foundation/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / Image courtesy of James Cohan Gallery, New York & Shanghai
Map of Broken Clear Glass (Atlantis)
Robert Smithson, American, 1938–1973
Robert Smithson, American, 1938–1973

Map of Broken Clear Glass (Atlantis), 1969

Collage, Photostat, map, and graphite on paper
42.5 x 35.6 cm. (16 3/4 x 14 in.)
Dia Art Foundation, gift of Nancy Holt
New Jersey as Non-Site includes two "sketches" for outdoor installations or ephemeral "earth-maps" that Smithson created for a 1969 exhibition on Loveladies Island. The one seen here depicts the imaginary continent of Atlantis, a nonsite not unlike the others included in the exhibition. The sculpture was fabricated on a sandy shoreline using clear broken glass; when struck by the sun, the work dissolved into radiated shards of light, blinding the viewer in the process.

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