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Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Two Roads

 
 
Two Roads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, February 28, 2019
1. Two Roads Marker
Inscription.  This sculpture, titled Two Roads, is a kind of open book that stands where two paths diverge, reflecting visitors and their world. The pages, with passages of caution, insight, beauty and hope, are quietly disintegrating dissolving into the air. Entire pages are missing, yet fragments of shining text are still legible.

Two Roads honors Silver Spring author and marine biologist Rachel Carson (1907-1964), who moved to Silver Spring in 1936. Her three luminous books about the sea: Under the Sea-Wind (1941); The Sea Around Us (1952); and The Edge of the Sea (1955), inspired millions and made her the nation's leading naturalist.

Her fourth book, Silent Spring (1962), was controversial. Silent Spring warned about the risk of widespread, permanent damage from the misuse of synthetic chemical pesticides. The book asked readers to imagine a town where birds, insects and fish had vanished as a result of the overuse of these materials. Carson called for a profound change in our understanding of humanity's relationship with the natural world.

Her call for a greater understanding
Two Roads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, February 28, 2019
2. Two Roads Marker
of nature helped to foster public awareness of the interconnections between the human and natural worlds, and sparked numerous initiatives including the launch of the Environmental Protection Agency and the international environmental movement. Carson died at her home in Silver Spring in 1964.

Artist: William Cochran. Landscape architect: Oculus. Commissioned by Home Properties, Inc.
May 2015

 
Erected 2015 by Home Properties, Inc.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEnvironmentScience & MedicineWomen.
 
Location. 38° 59.563′ N, 77° 1.757′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Ripley Street south of Bonifant Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1053 Ripley Street, Silver Spring MD 20910, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Geodetic Marker (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler (about 500 feet away); The Burger King (about 700 feet away); Land, Lumber & Lyrics (about 700 feet away); Spirited Entertainment (about 700 feet away); First Bank, First Heist
<I>Two Roads</I> sculpture illuminated at night image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 20, 2017
3. Two Roads sculpture illuminated at night
(about 700 feet away); You Are Here - 1931 (about 800 feet away); A New Deal in Town (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
 
Also see . . .  Silent Spring. (Submitted on November 20, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 20, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 118 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on February 11, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 28, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3. submitted on November 20, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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