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Spire, Monument Valley

Accession Number

Spire, Monument Valley

Marilyn Bridges

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

16 in x 20 in (40.64 cm x 50.8 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Will and Joanne Potter

Subject matter
Marilyn Bridges describes the markings and monuments that she photographs from above as “the messages of humankind.” As a pilot and photographer, she documents contemporary landscapes connected to ancient times, which addresses the human relationship to the earth and environment. This photograph depicts a spire in Monument Valley on the Colorado Plateau on the border of Utah and Arizona, located on the Navajo Indian Reservation. This spire, a natural sandstone rock formation, is illuminated by the sun and casts a dramatic shadow on the desert landscape.

Physical Description
This photograph depicts an aerial view of a spire rock structure casting a long shadow on the surrounding desert.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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Navajo (culture or style)
aerial photography
valleys (landforms)

3 Related Resources

Monuments and Memorials
(Part of 4 Learning Collections)
Nature in Photography
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)

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