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Threads of the Silk Road


The romance and influence of the legendary Silk Road has been a subject of centuries of fascination, from the medieval account of Marco Polo’s travel to cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s contemporary Silk Road Project. This vast 7000-mile network of trade routes from China to the Mediterranean existed for almost 2000 years, opening the Far East to European lands. It was a conduit for cultural, economic and technological exchange, representing the earliest form of globalization.

This collection of evocative photographs depicts surviving remnants of the historic Silk Road and ancestors of the civilization along its route.  Themes of travel, trade and tribes are evidence today of the Silk Road’s ancient past. Colorful, ceremonial hats, traditional head coverings and travelling gear accompany the exhibit.

Photographer Edgar Gomez traveled to countries along the Silk Road while conducting research projects in his work as the international director of a Utah biotechnology company. His photographs have been featured in Newsweek and Current Biology and in exhibits in the United States and Central Asia.

Exhibit Sponsor

Zions Bank is the oldest financial institution in Utah with a long tradition of supporting the arts throughout the state.


2013-2014 Traveling Schedule

March 5 – April 16 ~ Wasatch Public Library, Heber City
May 6 – June 30 ~ Orem Public Library, Orem