Nancy Holt, an artist exploring the human perception of time and space, earth, and sky, built the Solar Tunnels as a unique artistic project completed in 1976. The four tunnels are concre... more
Nancy Holt, an artist exploring the human perception of time and space, earth, and sky, built the Solar Tunnels as a unique artistic project completed in 1976. The four tunnels are concrete tubes arranged in the shape of X, each pierced with holes to model the constellations of Draco, Perseus, Columbia, and Capricorn.
They are massive - nine feet high by 18 feet long. They sit in a valley west of the Bonneville Salt Flats. Holt said her tunnels bring the sky down to earth with the dazzling effect of the light bouncing through the tubes. Two of the tunnels line up with the setting and rising sun during the summer solstice and two line up during the winter solstice.
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Fun place to spend some time. We built a campfire and roasting hot dogs and s'mores and played in the tunnels. There were people camping out there, too. It's flat and no shade, so make sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen during the summer months.
- Hannah Hesley