The Siehl Prize

About the Siehl Prize Sculpture


Agriculture is an art formed of earth, water, and the air, nurtured by science in the service of humanity. The award sculpture was designed with these principles in mind. It is an attempt to celebrate the importance of this special relationship between the elements of nature and the interventions of humankind.

Granite and glass, the most seemingly different of materials, represent those primary elements so necessary to agricultural production. Granite with its dense and earthy weight, and glass with its airy presence are linked in the symbolic form to portray earth, air, and water, the natural elements of agriculture. The materials were chosen for their strength and visual beauty. —Thomas Rose, Sculptor