Mississippi River Story* that Inspired the Art:
“I have lived near the river for decades. And I think I’ve probably run, hiked, biked, tens of thousands of miles on the trails in the river gorge in the Twin Cities. My dog loves swimming in the river and would do it every day if I would let him. My most recent story of the river is that my wife and I took a bike trip from St. Paul right near the Lake Street bridge to New Orleans, largely along the Mississippi River last year, a 1,500 mile bike ride, in which we were able to experience the culture that I believe has flowed upstream from New Orleans to the delta to Memphis to St. Louis, and up to the Twin Cities. A culture that includes music and cuisine and all kinds of things. We love the river and want to protect it. And thank you for doing this project.”
*Note: This is not the artist’s own story, but a story gathered through a collaborative research project. Learn more.