Devils Millhopper

A bowl-shaped sinkhole 120 feet deep, the Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park has been an attraction to the curious since the 1880’s. With multiple streams that filter down through the steep walls and vanish into the underground limestone aquifer, the Devil’s Millhopper features a winding boardwalk that descends through lush plant growth to the sinkhole floor. Because of the fossilized bones and teeth once found near the bottom—and the site’s resemblance to funnel-shaped hoppers that fed grain to farmers’ grist mills —the legend was born that the sinkhole was used to feed the devil himself.

An early struggle — I produced 20+ sketches for the Millhopper label before realizing that the ferns didn’t need to be in perfect proportion to the waterfalls. In design, letting go of literal relationships often creates opportunities to add drama.