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(Temporary installment on a 21 ft. long wall in the Memorial Union at North Dakota State University.)
I’ve lived in Dickinson, North Dakota my entire life without giving much thought to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, just 30 minutes from my hometown. I felt once you saw it once, you had seen it all.
A trip this past summer changed my mind. I drove through the park and was disappointed by how fast I had to move through the landscape. I was irritated at experiencing nature through a car window. I returned to Medora 4 more times to slow down, feel the dirt, and hear the sounds of animals moving through the park.
One trip was entirely on bike which allowed me to see animals much closer and enjoy small details missed by travelling in a car. These trips drastically changed my respect for nature and showed me what I was missing by moving through life so fast. I hope this will encourage others to wander off the road when they have the opportunity.
I chose to print images containing the road the largest because it can be the greatest barrier or bridge to nature. The viewer can use the road on the wall to travel and wander to smaller images, or they can continue on the road without stopping to take in the details of nature.