Sun Tunnels

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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. The nine foot diameter, 18 foot-long tunnels are pierced by holes of varying size that correspond with the pattern of selected celestial constellations. There is a tunnel for Draco, Perseus, Columba and Capricorn. The tunnels line up with the rising and falling sun of the summer and winter solstices.

General Location: 
NW Utah, 40 miles N of Wendover, five miles S of Lucin
Linked URLs: 
http://www.earthworks.org/tunnels.html
http://umfa.utah.edu/suntunnels_selfguide
http://artforum.com/inprintarchive/id=35992
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Land Art
Cultural
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UT
United States
41° 18' 12.6036" N, 113° 51' 49.7916" W
Zoom Level: 
18
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Old Address: 
Box Elder County UT
Old Archive ID: 
UT3126
Old Category: 
Cultural
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imported
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1581 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. The nine foot diameter, 18 foot long “tunnels” are pierced by holes of varying size that correspond with the pattern of selected celestial constellations. There is a tunnel for Draco, Perseus, Columba and Capricorn. The tunnels line up with the rising and falling sun of the summer and winter solstices.

From Interstate 80, take the exit for the Bonneville Salt Flats, and head north. After a mile and a half, where the road makes a right angle turn to the right, bear left onto Leppy Pass Road (usually marked with a sign for the "TL Bar Ranch"). After two miles you will reach the pass. Stay on the main road, which bears left at the pass. Note the odometer here, and follow this road. It traverses the eastern side of Pilot Peak, passes the TL Bar Ranch, and continues north. Forty miles from the pass you will come to a dirt road heading east at a right angle. Turn right here. The tunnels are visible to the east, a few miles away. After two miles there will be a road heading south. Take a right on this road. Bear left in a few hundred yards and you will shortly arrive at Sun Tunnels.

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An artwork by Nancy Holt, completed in 1976, consisting of four large concrete tubes, laid out in the desert in an open X configuration. The nine foot diameter, 18 foot long "tunnels" are pierced by holes of varying size, that correspond with the pattern of selected celestial constellations. There is a tunnel for Draco, Perseus, Columba and Capricorn.