Mono Lake

Robert Smithson
1968/2004
Mono Lake, California, USA
8 mm film and Instamatic slides, color, sound
Duration: 19 minutes, 54 seconds

Mono Lake is an artwork by Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt.

Using a combination of 8 mm film and Instamatic slides, ​Mono Lake ​documents Smithson, Holt, and fellow artist Michael Heizer as they explore one of the oldest lakes in North America. The film is both a nostalgic home video of the young artists’ road trip, and an exposition of the lake’s striking singularity. Heizer and Smithson read facts about the site’s geology, indigenous history, and unique ecosystem over a disparate musical score.

See Also

Swamp
Robert Smithson
1971
Film & Video