The lake appears to be a normal one during fall, winter, and a small portion of spring; but during the summer, most of the lake becomes evaporated. Dozens upon dozens of crater-like mineral deposits rest at the bottom of the lake and become visible during the warm weather. The mineral deposits span about 25 feet on average and contain many different concentrations of magnesium sulfate, and calcium/sodium phosphates, which gives them a distinct yellow, orange, green, or blue color.
I want to touch that. — tanya b.
The world is an artist’s palette.
I bet Robert Smithson would have gotten a kick out of this.
A phenomenon akin to that great concentric-ring street ice I encountered a few years ago in terms of natural, colorful beauty… a sort of naturally occurring Kenneth Noland/Robert Smithson collaboration. If I have nothing to do this weekend I’ll write more about the idea.
Are you excited to go to their new exhibition on black nothingness? It’s next to the hall with their permanent collection of vacuous emptiness.