You will find the answers to the most commonly asked questions about Broken Circle/Spiral Hill, visiting and the terrain here.

Questions about visiting

When can I visit the site?

Only on the scheduled Open Weekends. As the site is on private land no other bookings are possible.


When do the open weekends in 2022 take place?

There are no scheduled dates for visiting the artwork in 2022.


When did the open weekends in 2021 take place? 

The Open Weekends in 2021 took place on:

  • 31 July & 1 August
  • 7 & 8 August
  • 14 & 15 August
  • 28 & 29 August
  • 4 & 5 September
  • 18 & 19 September
  • 2 & 3 October
  • 23 & 24 October


Where can I buy a ticket?

You can only buy a ticket online via the website: brokencircle.nl by reserving a time slot.


What does a ticket cost?

  • Adults 10 Euros
  • Children up to 12 years free admission

Is the Museum Card valid?

No. Broken Circle/Spiral Hill is not part of a museum and the museumjaarkaart is therefore not valid.


How long does a visit to Broken Circle/Spiral HIll take?

A visit to Broken Circle/Spiral Hill takes an average of 1.5 to 2 hours, including walking tour, audio tour and film.


Is Broken Circle/Spiral Hill easily accessible for people with reduced mobility?

Broken Circle/Spiral Hill is unfortunately not easily accessible for people with reduced mobility or a reduced condition. Contact us so we can facilitate a visit that works with your needs.


Are there catering facilities on site?

There are no catering facilities on site.

Questions about the site

Is it safe to visit?

All visitors must take care on the site. There are steep inclines, and the ground can be muddy. The website outlines the ways that all visitors can be welcomed to the site, and provisions are in place for visitors with mobility issues.


Can I swim in the lake?

No. As a former mine the water can be dangerous.

What is the plan for redevelopment of the area? 

We hope that the environment/area where the artwork is situated will be given a redevelopment that matches the artwork or is in line with Smithson's thoughts on 'reclamation' of post-industrial areas.


Can I hire the site? 

No, it's not possible.

Questions about the artwork

Why does the artwork look different today from the time when Smithson made it? 

The artwork is fifty years old, and over time the site has developed. Smithson was interested in his earthworks developing over time, just as the landscape develops over time.

Can the artwork be moved? 

No. It is specific to this site.

Can I take pictures and videos? 

Yes. Any reproduction of the images in print or digital material require an image license, be in touch with contact@holtsmithsonfoundation.org

How can I support the future? 

Contact Holt/Smithson Foundation and Land Art Contemporary. 


"Ecology and industry are not one-way streets, rather they should be crossroads.
Art can help to provide the needed dialectic between them."


Reconstruction. Photo: Unknown (1972)

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Holt/Smithson Foundation and Land Art Contemporary, in cooperation with different parties, are working towards a sustainable future for Broken Circle/Spiral Hill in Emmen, The Netherlands.

The opening of Broken Circle/Spiral Hill is generously supported by:


All artworks and images by Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson are copyright Holt/Smithson Foundation, licensed by VAGA at ARS, New York.

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