Shrines to Nature

“Shrines to Nature” is a temporary art installation that was created by well-known public artist Christopher Lutter-Gardella
with the help of the community during the Eagan Art Block 2020.

The Observatory

On this knoll we catch a glimpse of the sky, as through an opening in a cathedral of oaks. Throughout the 100,000-plus years of our history, we humans have followed the stars”. Looking skyward, we have measured time and space, and foretold the future. Many, including the ancient Greeks and Mayans, placed their gods among the stars.

Serpent of the Low Lands

The serpent is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols, representing fertility and the creative life force. They are symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing.

Artist Concept

A collaborative project between Caponi Art Park and Big Animal Productions

“When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”

Wendell Berry

It goes without saying that 2020 has been an anxious and unprecedented time, not just for our families and communities, but indeed for humanity as a whole. In such times as these, with anxiety and uncertainty on the rise, humans might be wise to turn to the well-springs that give them solace, hope and a sense of belonging. For many people, myself included, that well-spring is none other than Mother Nature. Leaving the noise of human travail behind, do we not often feel that walking into the woods feels quite like finally coming home? Who, in the midst of the haze of human struggle, hasn’t  paused to glance-off into a sunset, at the dappled reflections on a lake, at the noble majesty of trees, or at the subtle intricacies of plants, air, sunlight and pollinators, working the miracle of life just outside our doors? In such moments, we lose ourselves in the wonder of Nature , and feel at peace– if only for that moment. And so it is with walking through a park. It soothes and calms us and reminds us of the wonder of creation.