Sun Tunnels is a magical place in the remote Great Basin Desert, outside of the ghost town of Lucin, Utah. Created by Nancy Holt in 1976, this land art installation was quite a feat. The concrete tunnels are nine feet high, eighteen feet long, and weigh twenty-two tons! Nancy collaborated with engineers, pipe manufacturers, drillers, truck drivers, and astronomers on this complex, riveting project. Arranged in an x-shaped configuration, the tunnels align perfectly with sunrises and sunsets.
On the summer and winter solstices, the tunnels perfectly frame the sun as it passes towards the horizon. Small holes were drilled in the top of each tunnel to form the constellations of Draco, Perseus, Columba, and Capricorn. You can take a day trip to visit Sun Tunnels, or camp there to get both the sunset and sunrise experience. Around the solstices it’s pretty busy, but at most other times, you will probably be all alone to experience the combination of the wide-open space, the quiet of the desert, and the interactive installation.
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