News And Field Notes: Inspiration At The Grand Canyon - August 1, 2010

I really couldn’t think of a better title, but it will all make sense in a minute…

As many of you may already know, I’m a former Artist-in-Residence at Grand Canyon National Park. As a result I have a lot of work from the park and I’m always going back to create more. One of my favorite parts of the park is the area known as Desert View on the canyon’s South Rim near the east entrance.

Desert View is situated in an interesting location, not only is it the highest point on the South Rim, it also provides a commanding view of the canyon and the Colorado River. Located where the South Rim curves into the East Rim, Desert View affords a sweeping vista looking north up the Colorado River towards the Vermilion Cliffs, as well as west, down river with views of Wotans Throne and countless other temples and buttes. For visitors entering the park from the east, Desert View is their first impression of the canyon.

The most famous landmark at Desert View is the Watchtower. Designed by architect Mary Jane Colter and completed in 1932, it is a replica of a pre-historic native american tower. It stands over 70 feet tall, and it’s interior is adorned with the murals of Hopi artist, Fred Kabotie. The Watchtower was designated a National Historical Landmark in 1987.

On to the news…I’m very excited to share with you that my image titled Sunset on Desert View Watchtower has been selected by the National Park Service and Grand Canyon Association to help illustrate the canyon’s importance in inspiration. Printed 4′ tall, it is the first thing that a visitor will see when entering the new Visitor Center at Desert View at the east entrance to the park’s South Rim. The text on the photo reads: “Grand Canyon has influenced art, music, literature, and conservation efforts for more than 100 years. Step into the exhibit area to experience how people have found inspiration at Grand Canyon”. The photo was created by me when I was the park’s Artist-in-Residence in March 2009.

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