Fathom
 
Fathom

Utah State Public Art Collection

Sculpture

Mixed media

Snow College Library

2011

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Fathom draws a line from the local to the infinite, and from source to potential, against the human measure of lived experience, physical ex-istence and personal perception. We come from the earth and return to it. The knowledge we accumulate is generated within this cycle. The three elements of Fathom play upon each other and are conceived to provide a gradual, cumulative experience of discovery. The local topography of Sanpete Valley symbolizes the vessel into which humanity pours its aspirations. The very earth of the valley is the wellspring from which it rises; its geology crystallizes and records these transformations. Sanpete’s architecture exemplifies the human role, offering a specific geographic and cultural point of reference.
THE KEY – Topographical Map and Cabinet, First Floor
A wood and glass vitrine contains a precise three-dimensional model of the Sanpete Valley, which surrounds Snow College and the town of Ephraim. A series of faceted points scattered across the topographic map mark the locations of historic schools. The cabinet of drawers beneath opens to reveal earthen samples, each corresponding to the site of one of the schools represented on the map above.
THE SPECIFICS – Stone Schools, Dispersed throughout the Library - The geology of the Sanpete Valley has been celebrated and transformed through the unique architecture that distinguishes the region. Modeled after the actual, historic schools recorded in the Key, a series of small, hand-carved stone buildings are distributed throughout the library, representing a cross section of local architectural history and honoring the rich tradition of education in the State of Utah.
THE LOCUS – Stone Floor, Base of the Main Stairway - A series of concentric stone rings form a large, circular diagram of Utah’s geological history at the base of the library’s spiral stair. Like a growing tree, the stones progress in chronological order (2.7 billion years ago – present day), indicating the vastness of time.