Oskar J. W. Hansen’s terrazzo “Star Map” at Hoover Dam is one of his most intriguing and recognized creations.
A few weeks ago, Oskar’s sole remaining son, Alex Hansen, and Oskar’s granddaughter, Donna Hansen, sent me a copy of Oskar’s original planned inscription that appears to never have been published before and adds additional scientific depth and new insight into Oskar’s intent for the project:
Beyond some additional detailed scientific context for Oskar’s astronomical calculations that experts might find interesting, it’s Oskar’s final sentence that I find most intriguing.
When greater truths are known record them here.
It’s clear that Oskar’s vision for the star map was that it would be a living sculpture for humanity to manage and update over the thousands of years he hoped the work would stand as reference.