“Straight Lines on a Round World,” was commissioned by the Committee for Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Monument and represents more than a decade of planning. A 21-foot high sculpture featuring a large glass and metal compass with surveyors' tools balanced against it sits on a 32-foot round. The continental U.S. is outlined on the face of the compass with the total land area of the Louisiana Purchase etched into it. Materials used include Bronze, Stainless Steel, Tempered Glass and Concrete.
The sculpture commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase survey is located in downtown Little Rock in front of the Statehouse Convention Center at 101 E. Markham St. in Little Rock.
The survey began in October of 1815, when government surveyors set out heading north and west from the Mississippi River, walking between the Arkansas and St. Francis rivers; the point at which their paths crossed, at the juncture of what are now Monroe, Lee and Phillips counties in east Arkansas, became the starting place for the survey of the entire Louisiana Territory. That spot is now marked with a National Historic Monument.