River Bench

on the "America the Beautiful Trail"

Artist Steve Wood and Pattiann Rogers worked together on "River Bench" set along the Ute trail portion of the "America the Beautiful" Trail as it follows a small creek near Green Mountain Falls, CO. The bench incorporates nine poems written by Pattiann especially for this project. The unveiling and dedication of the bench took place on Oct. 1, 2003. These photographs of the bench were taken during the dedication.

The bench suggests the flow of water over rocks of the nearby mountain brook. Pattiann's poems are inscribed on tiles embedded in the bench. Weary hikers can rest on the bench and read the poems to better capture the spirit of the trail. The bench is a place of restful solitude and contemplation.

The "America the Beautiful Trail" is part of the American Discovery Trail which crosses the nation. Its 6,800+ miles of continuous, multi-use trail stretches from Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware, to Pt. Reyes National Seashore, California. The "America the Beautiful" portion of this trail in Colorado runs from Falcon through Colorado Springs, up to Ute Pass to Cripple Creek. Five teams, each composed of an artist and a writer and each assigned a site, collaborated to design and erect five artistic benches along the trail. The benches were funded by local counties, municipalities, individuals and community groups through the Millenium Trail Project.