Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Golden Ratio

Andrew Rogers, famous sculptor and resident of Austrailia, picked Green River, Utah for one of his lastest works, The Golden Ratio. This is one of three GR sculptures in the world. It is based on ...the Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci sequence.

My daughter called a couple of days ago and told me about this recently finished project. She suggested we ride over and see it when the weather gets warmer, and we will. In the meantime I wanted to go see it and find out exactly where it is.

Lots of time on Google finally produced these directions, "Southwest of the Amtrack station, between the station and I - 70". So off I go, Google also tells me that the Amtrack station is 181 miles from my home.

Since I lack an exact address of the sculpture, I hope there are signs, or arrows, or even an "X marks the spot" that I can follow....
Going over Soldier Summit was the coldest part of the ride but it's over (until I return home) as I descend into Helper, Utah.
Past Helper, just as I'm entering Price City, my odometer reads this number....strange...
It turns out I didn't need directions after all. As soon as I get within a mile or two of the town I can see the Golden Ratio Sculpture standing guard over Green River. Here it is from the Chevron station.
Standing in the same place, with the lens poking out a little farther..
I wander through town looking for the arrows, signs, or X marks the spots that will lead me closer to the site. But alas, no such luck.

I get a little closer shot, but still can't find the elusive access road.
I've stopped and asked two locals for directions, but neither can help telling me they haven't been to see it yet.
I ask a third person, a railroad employee, and he gives me clear instructions on how to get there!
Looking up at the top block.

Ok, mission accomplished, I'm on my way home. But on my way out of town I see this; Who you gonna call?
On the road again...
Other than going over Solider Summit, the day was pretty warm, I didn't even put on my electric gear.
361 miles total, 223 miles on secondary roads, 137 miles in canyons, 85 miles in the Diamond lane, 52 super slab miles (each way) $32 for gas, $20.00 for snacks and lunch, 12 pictures of the Golden Ratio, 7.25 hours to make the trip, 5 U turns to find the site, 2 legs of the trip, there and back, and 1 great day on the bike!


George F said...

Wow, you guys have absolutely beautiful scenery in Utah. So lucky.
Love the x in the sky. Love the ambulance shot ;-)

Raftnn said...

Well that is a decent day riding, and mission accomplished I dear say. Good stuff.

Teri said...

What a great trip for you!! Looked fun!!! Great pic's Thanks!!!

Ken said...

George - I know..winter, seems like we get white and three shades of brown.

Raftnn - Thanks, any day riding is decent! :)

Teri - You guys could've come along!

bluekat said...

I like the snow-covered scenery. Mostly I've seen photos when it's warm, so it's nice to see it in another season. Beautiful country in all seasons!

Great post...I love a good adventure and "treasure hunt".

Tarsnakes Down Under said...

Glad you could get out for a pretty decent day's riding. As always, great pics.

I have to comment that it is such an alien sight for someone from my part of the world to see desert scenery with snow!

Cheers Jules.

willujfan said...

Very "cool" ride. Looks like an interesting sculpture, I saw it on the news and I was going to also suggest a ride out. In warmer weather of course. :)

Utah Motorcyclist said...

Looks like you had a good time! Next time my wife wont be trying to have a baby and I might be able to go with. :)

Freebird said...

Very nice pics and so good trip, thanks for sharing!...

Un saludo.

Kaybi said...

I'm looking forward to our ride when the weather is warmer. :)

BeemerGirl said...

Don't recall ever knowing of Helper, UT. But I LOVE the reason for going there. Will it be a permanent structure? Or will they take it down in a year ot two and move it?

Great days ride. I miss the geomorphology of the area. I also noticed that you didn't share the secret road to reach the sculpture.. ;)


bobskoot said...


I tried to find this on my Utah map but it isn't detailed enough. I like to see photos of those old homesteader cabins

Wet Coast Scootin

Josh Whetstone said...

Looks like you had a good trip, glad you found it.

Ken said...

bluekat - I'm anxiously looking forward to taking "warm" pics! :)

Jules - I agree, "snow" and "desert" just don't seem to go together...

Will - I hope you can go when Kaybi and go.

Jared - I can't believe I'm saying this but, 'being there when your baby is born is more important than a motorcycle ride'..... lol

Freebird - Grazie! Grazie per l'arresto da parte!

Kaybi - Me too!

Lori - It is actually in Green River. I believe it is permanant. And I didn't tell the secret of the road so I can show it to you & Mr Oilburner when you come over! :)

Bob - Look for Green River. It's west of Grand Junction, Colorado. There are numerous old houses in that town, looks like times have been hard there.

Josh - It was a good trip! Thanks again for the DVDs!

chessie said...

Whoa, How have I missed this blog in the past? Nice work! Utah! oh man, it's a state that has eluded my adventures. Oh, yes, I've been "through" Utah on my way to Sturgis, but that ain't the same as exploring! I wish I knew then what I know now...I'd have spent the week exploring Utah instead of fighting traffic in the Black Hills during that time of year! I'll be back for more.