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The Creative Vision
The Monument of the Americas began as an inspired vision more than twenty years ago in the mind of Steven Lloyd Neal, a facial plastic surgeon who practices in Pendleton, Oregon. An artist before he was a surgeon, there was never a time when Neal wasn’t creating a piece of art.
While pondering upon his blessings and the heritage of his forebears, Neal felt an acute need to use his artistic talents to honor his God and those who built this nation. He felt also, that as a part of a covenant he made to God as a young adult, that he should express his gratitude for the blessings he enjoyed both as a member of Christ’s restored church, and as a citizen of this great nation. Steven Neal firmly believes that The United States of America was founded by “wise men whom [God] raised up unto this very purpose,” (D&C 101:80).
America’s scripture is The Book of Mormon, which spoke of this nation’s rise over two thousand years ago, and spoke of its prophetic role in the world. These emotions are larger than life, and need to be sculpted in heroic terms, set in a beautiful garden with fountains and landscaped vistas for all to enjoy– even a place of meditation and music.
Neal’s paintings are known to many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and he is the sculptor of the colossal Mormon Battalion Monument, “Duty Calls” and “Duty Triumphs,” at This is the Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City, Utah.