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Sarah Nelson's Earth Day Vision

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Dane Pedersen
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Depicted in high detail, her work freezes the beauty of mammals, reptiles, birds, and yes, even insects. Her careful eye never misses the opportunity to display an oft-hidden wonder of the earth in front of us.

In keeping in line with the efforts of the internet today, we have a little Earth Day themed blog post for you. Though instead of telling you to "care about the earth" and "make a difference," we are going to let an artist do the talking.

Promotional image for S. Nelson's INOPIA show.

Enter Sarah Nelson, an amazing visual artist residing in our very own St. Paul, MN. Sarah has been creating drawings for several years now that deal directly with endangered species, the environment, and the human impacts on certain biomes. Her show from a couple years back, titled INOPIA, tackled a portion of the endangered species list in the immediate MN/WI region. Depicted in high detail, her work freezes the beauty of mammals, reptiles, birds, and yes, even insects. Her careful eye never misses the opportunity to display an oft-hidden wonder of the earth in front of us.

In a recent partnership with the University of St. Thomas and their Office of Sustainability Initiatives (under direction of the wonderful Maria Dahmus), Sarah has been working with students and faculty to implement art into public spaces as the Sustainable Communities Partnership Artist in Residence. This has amounted to the release of a large scale versions of highly detailed digital drawings being applied to the interior and exterior of a light rail car on the green line route, all actually in honor of Earth Day! I was privileged to be there to help document the release of the piece, so enjoy the images below of the work, and go get riding and see it in person!

Sarah is an extremely active artist, and because of her hard work, she recently announced being accepted into a worldwide call for artists to participate in an artist residency in the arctic. THE ARCTIC. She's recently begun raising funds to go, so if you've been compelled by her work, perhaps consider being a part of getting her to the arctic, she deserves it.

Waiting to see the adorned train for the first time.
All interior walls showcase S. Nelson's handiwork.
The original drawing beside the realized vision.


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