Robert Smithson, Broken Circle/Spiral Hill (1971) in 1971 on the left and 2021 on the right.
Emmen, The Netherlands

50 years


Broken Circle/Spiral Hill

Robert Smithson’s earthwork Broken Circle/Spiral Hill (1971) was commissioned for the recurring outdoor exhibition Sonsbeek buiten de Perken. It is located in a former sand quarry just outside of Emmen, in the province of Drenthe.


In 2021 we celebrated the 50th anniversary with a series of open weekends from July to October. Besides a special audio tour and film showings there were various other activities in cooperation with the outdoor biennial Into Nature.


You could experience why Broken Circle/Spiral Hill is as urgent and relevant as ever. The only earthwork by Robert Smithson outside of the United States remains a unique place in The Netherlands.



Photo: Albert Raven (2011)

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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