Robert Smithson

‘The Fountain Monument – Bird’s Eye View’

from ‘Monuments of Passaic, New Jersey’ (1967)

In the January 2018 issue of Artforum, Phyllis Tuchman discusses Robert Smithson’s “Monuments of Passaic” (1967).

Smithson travelled by bus on September 30, 1967 from New York City’s midtown Port Authority Bus Terminal to Passaic, a small town in New Jersey between his two childhood homes in Rutherford and Clifton. He took with him a copy of the New York Times, Brian Aldiss’ science fiction novel Earthworks (1965) and a Kodak instamatic. In December 1967 his essay ‘A Tour of the Monuments of Passaic’ was published in Artforum, illustrated with the monuments he discovered on his journey – including “The Fountain Monument”, seen above.

‘Monuments of Passaic’ is held in the collection of the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, Norway.

Robert Smithson, “The Fountain Monument – Bird’s Eye View”
Detail of “Monuments of Passaic” (1967)
Six photographs and a cut Photostat map
Total size: 16.55 x 133.39 in. (42 x 288 cm)