- Graphic designer,
concept designer of the California Quarter which depicts John Muir
- In preparation
to enter the California Quarter design competition, Burke researched
the diversity of California history, imagery and symbolism. Burke
was most impressed with the conribution John Muir made to the state
and the nation, and in particular the realization that Muir showed
how one person can make a difference.
- Burke wrote of
was the originator of grassroots efforts to preserve nature. Educating
kids about John Muir was the whole impetus to submit the quarter in
the first place."
- Burke's design
was one of more than 8,000 submitted. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
announced the final selection of the California Quarter design
incorporationg John Muir, Yosemite's Half Dome, and a California
Quarter, on March 29, 2004.
- Burke writes: "
What Muir stood for is really what all Americans, and really all
citizens of the planet, should stand for: Making a difference and
living in balance with nature and just realizing that we're only
on this planet for a very short time and that what we do every day
John Muir embodied that spirit. He had no boundaries. Everything
in his life was about searching, about educating himself and inspiring
others. I told my wife he was like the Johnny Appleseed of conservation.
He planted the seeds of his message everywhere. And that message
was so pure and his passion so profound, that people would listen.
When someone looks at the back of that quarter, I want them
to say either: 'John Muir, what a great guy, I love his message,'
or: 'Who's John Muir? I need to find out more about him.' That's
the thrill for me, knowing that it's educating people."
- Burke is the author of the Introduction to the book The
Official Red Book: A Guide Book of Washington & State Quarters (Official
by Q. David Bowers (Whitman Publishing, 2006)
- Burke frequently gives a dynamic Power Point presenttion about
the California State Quarter selection process and his role in it,
and is available for speaking engagements.
- For more information about Garrett Burke, see:
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