Welcome to the Art Line!
The Art Line was envisioned as a line of walkable, interactive, outdoor artworks stretching across the heart of America on the 39th Latitude.
Known as Earth Art, these geometric reflections of Nature’s patterns are created by artists, labyrinth enthusiasts, and local community members in the 14 states that stretch from California to New Jersey and the District of Columbia. With art as a conduit, the Art Line fosters a sense of unity and awareness by promoting a series of connections - between the individual and Nature; between the community members themselves and by linking the communities on the Art Line.
The Art Line is a 28 mile wide band centered on the 39.1 north latitude between 38.9 and 39.3 degrees .
The line starts in California and runs across the heart of the country through Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia, Virgina, Maryland, Delaware, and the southern tip of New Jersey on the East Coast.
Why the 39th latitude?
The idea of a straight line across the country developed when Alex Champion saw an aerial photo of three earthworks he created on his land in Mendocino County, California. The three sites straddled a small flat hill and the end designs were invisible to each other from the ground. He discovered that they lay in a straight line.
In the spring of 2000, Alex began construction of the flower wand design as an earthwork. The idea then came to make a line of earthworks across the country with the flower wand at each end.
Alex and Joan Champion and Marilyn Larson met at the home of Toby Evans (just east of Kansas City, MO) in Nov. 2000 to install one of Alex’s earthworks. This 55’ diameter, 9-petal vesica flower design was laid out in sand with base quartz crystal near the existing Prairie Labyrinth. Toby called the installation “Chante Esti”.
The four developed Alex’s initial idea into the Art Line Project after discovering the unlikely coincidence that the earthworks at Toby’s and the Champions were at the same 39 degree latitude, one fifth of a mile from being exact.
The 39th latitude has historical significance that perhaps is just being re-energized by the Art Line.
In addition to their multiple earthworks, the Great Serpent Mound in south-central Ohio is on the line.
A 1987 visit to this site created by the Hopewell culture was the inspiration for the mounded patterns developed by Alex Champion.
But predating this time is The Barnes Works (aka Seal Township Works) in Sergeants, Ohio. This was an enormous circle-square earthwork complex that included a Great Square perfectly aligned to the cardinal directions, built around 370 BC, making it older than Serpent Mound or Cahokia. The square was 30% larger than the base of the Great Pyramid at Giza.
They were part of a much larger complex, much of which remains intact, including over a dozen burial mounds and the famous Piketon Graded Way. This was the epicenter of the first great mound-building civilization in North America.
Cahokia Mounds in Illinois is at 38.650 latitude.
The Barnes Works lie within a few feet of the 39th Parallel. This is no accident. Geoffrey Sea, present owner of the Barnes Works, discovered certain geometric-astronomic relationships at the site that account for its placement. The Great Square at Sergeants served as the prehistoric center for a cardinal grid that extended hundreds of miles in each direction.
In other words—(in the words of Geoffrey Sea)—The first great construction on the Art Line was the Barnes Square in 370 BC, which defined the proper latitude for sacred astronomical observation. Serpent Mound was then built at close to the same latitude at a fixed distance from the Barnes Square, in relation to it. Cahokia was then built at another fixed distance from the Barnes Square, also at about the same latitude (correcting for altitude and horizon differences). Non-coincidentally, the distance from the Barnes Square to Cahokia is exactly 20 times the distance as that from the Barnes Square to Serpent Mound. The prehistoric Indians used a base-20 number system. This axis of the Barnes Square - Serpent Mound - Cahokia is what defined the 39th Parallel as the central sacred latitude in prehistoric times. Another sacred line runs north-south from the Barnes Square, encompassing a whole other set of prehistoric earthworks.
~ Geoffrey Sea
1832 Wakefield Mound Road
Sargents, OH 45661
If you know of a labyrinth or sacred site on the 39th Latitude or plan on building a labyrinth on the line, please contact us if you would like to be added to the Art Line. This has become a “grass roots” project that will grow with your help. Imagine sending energy “down the line”! It is not a coincidence that Washington DC is on the line.