The Great Salt Lake Exploration Platform

4713 CLUI photo.The Great Salt Lake Exploration Platform (GSLEP) is a floating habitat and workspace that enables extended stays on the watery fringes of the lake. It was designed and fabricated in 2014–2015 by architects Chris Taylor (Land Arts and the American West, Lubbock) and Steve Badgett (Simparch, Chicago). It is intended to support a team of up to 5 people, including a two person crew, for several days, and employs solar panels to provide energy for its systems, which include an electric motor that enables it to be repositioned along the lake shore.

The platform comes apart, and can be assembled or disassembled, piece by piece, at any point along the shore line. The GSLEP designated operational area is along the gradual and expanding shores of the north arm of the lake, where no shoreline services or visitor facilities exist. This area is generally remote and unexplored, and one of the most exotic and extreme places on earth.
GSLEP was first assembled and tested in May 2015, using the oil jetty adjacent to Spiral Jetty as a point of embarkation. GSLEP will be deployed over the 2016 and 2017 season for projects based out of CLUI Wendover.