Green River, Utah
Located in Eastern Utah, Green River is already famous for its watermelons, rafting trips, Rays Tavern, sunsets, and the John Wesley Powell River History Museum. You can now add to that list the Monument Hill Sculpture Park. The sculpture park features not one, but two land art sculptures by world famous sculptor Andrew Rogers. The park has an interesting past and a lot of future potential. The land for the park was originally purchased by Herbert Steiner.
Herbert Steiner-The Visionary
Green River is isolated, and that is exactly what appealed to the railroad buff and retired Seattle school teacher Herbert Steiner.
“I had a feeling of aloneness walking the land,” Steiner said. “You could walk in four directions and there were no fences. Nobody was going to shoot you. It was unbelievable land. … I love the land and that feeling of aloneness and solitude.”
Mr Steiner purchased 75 acres of land between the railroad tracks and I-70 and commissioned the building of “The Ratio” designed by famous Australian Land Artist Andrew Rogers. Steiner financed the sculpture for $145,292. “The Ratio” is based on the Fibonacci Sequence described by the Italian Mathematician who lived from 1170-1250. Fibonacci’s manuscript Liber Abaci (1202) explored the ratio. The ratio is found in patterns throughout nature including nautilus shells, leaf patterns, tree stem growth, and population growth.
Andrew Rogers-The Land Artist
Steiner claimed to have the sculpture built out of “love.” He was particularly excited to have world famous land artist Andrew Rogers build “The Ratio.” Steiner found “one of the greatest world-famous sculptors to build it,” and “It is going to be there until God knows when. No one will remember me, but this is something that I leave that will be immortal.” The project was completed on December 14, 2010. The sculpture consists of 53 blocks measuring 39″ x 39″ x 68″. The sculpture is 44 feet high and 42 feet wide and it is capped with a gold leaf block at the top.