The Springville Museum of Art, on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places as the Springville High School Art Gallery.
The Springville Museum of Art was built in 1937 as a WPA project during the Great Depression. It was designed by Claud S. Ashworth in the Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture. It is a municipal art museum (Springville, UT has given itself the nickname “Art City,” and the museum is featured prominently in its seal)and free and open to the public, although they do accept donations. It has over 1500 works of art in its permanent collection. It features fine works by Utah artists, as well as a significant collection of twentieth century American realism and Soviet Socialist Realism from the 1930’s to the 1970’s.
Swirling like a maple seedling
fan which swirls in arcs
far from the shading tree,
with wrist in hand
the euphony of counterpoint
continues outward on –
the melody of two uniting in the dance of once –
an auger in the earth of time,
in air, the spare
and delicately spinning seed
at last alights and roots
in memory’s loam.
“The Museum of Art is a place where the heart and mind are brought together to seek knowledge and values, self affirmation and spiritual understanding.”
“We hope your experience in the Museum will nurture a more reflective mind, a capacity for deeper inquiry, a stronger commitment to excellence and integrity, and heightened appreciation for others and their ideas.”
|One of the largest and best attended art museums in the Mountain West, the Museum of Art offers a dynamic exhibition schedule that includes displays of its permanent collection, world-class traveling shows and unique temporary exhibitions that fulfill the Museum unique mandate (above).
One of the Museum of Art’s most important roles is its contribution to the academic mission of Brigham Young University. From the research and study of the artworks in our collection, to the teaching and learning that occurs in our classrooms and galleries, the Museum plays an important role in the academic pursuits of many students at BYU. At the same time, the Museum connects to broad community audiences through its varied exhibitions and educational programming.
Located at 749 East 500 South in Salt Lake City, Gilgal Sculpture Garden was envisioned, designed and created by Thomas Battersby Child, Jr. in the mid-twentieth century.
Tucked in the middle of the block behind houses and businesses, many are still unaware of its existence and enjoy a true sense of discovery when they visit the garden for the first time.
Gilgal Sculpture Garden contains 12 original sculptures and over 70 stones engraved with scriptures, poems, and literary texts. As a whole, Gilgal Sculpture Garden is significant as the only identified “visionary art environment” in Utah.
The public is invited to visit the garden seven days a week. There is no admission charge. Walking tour brochures are available at the garden. Visiting hours: April/September – 8 am to 8 pm October/March – 9 am to 5 pm Closed New Year Day; Thanksgiving; Christmas.(*)
Gilgal Garden is the legacy of Thomas Child’s desire to give physical form to his deep-felt beliefs. “If you want to be brought down to earth in your thinking and studying, try to make your thoughts express themselves with your hands,” Child wrote. The garden contains twelve original sculptural arrangements and over 70 stones engraved with scriptures, poems, and philosophical texts. Each represents an idea that rang of truth to Child in his life-long spiritual quest. Together, the sculptures and stones create a landscape of meaning and a unique work of art.
Child shared Gilgal Garden with thousands of visitors during his lifetime. He hoped the garden would inspire viewers to ponder “the unsolved mysteries of life” and struggle to find their own answers. Child was aware that many people would find Gilgal Garden strange, but hoped they would accept its challenge. “You don’t have to agree with me,” he explained. “You may think I am a nut, but I hope I have aroused your thinking and curiosity.”
Child began work on Gilgal Garden in 1945, when he was 57 years old. By then, he had already led a successful career as a masonry contractor, married and raised a family, been a leader in community affairs, and served as a bishop of the LDS Tenth Ward for over 19 years. Child’s passion for his garden consumed much of his time and money until his death in 1963.
The Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers where a number is found by adding up the two numbers before it. Starting with 0 and 1, the sequence goes 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, and so forth.
There’s a popular block “sculpture” in Green River that can be seen from the freeway that is based on the sequence.
Apparently it cost $145,292 to build it, there are several other art projects in the area.