Rooted (Target) muralLocated on Lake Street, Minneapolis
Rooted: Caring for Posterity
Commissioned by Target
Location: 2500 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (on the Target storefront)
Dimensions: approximately 63′ x 9′, vinyl print, 2022
Rooted mural is held together by the roots of the apple and oak trees, representing the ancestral knowledge, wisdom and determination we pass on to future generations through stewardship and community building.
“Hutkháŋ T’iŋs’ádaŋ” itówapi kiŋ de thaspáŋ čháŋ k’a útahu čháŋ hutkháŋ okhíyasiŋ, déčhed itówapig de híčikhoyake, úŋkhaŋ wičháhuŋkake thawóksape ka wačháŋtekič’uŋpi k’uŋ khé; detáŋhaŋ thokáta wičhóičhaǧe kiŋ taŋyáŋ iyáhdeič’iyapi kte, heúŋ makhóčhe k’a oyáte awáŋwičhahdakapi kte ye.
The mural was commissioned as a set of murals to illustrate the following poem. I was given the first line with the theme of “rooted”:
We will root our stories deeply.
As seeds of courage and change.
We will keep each other grounded.
With hope, resilience and strength.
There is healing here to grow from.
Our renewal to stand as one.
Community means everything.
Together is where we belong.
With its deep roots, the mighty oak can live for a thousand years, providing us with oxygen and nourishment for generations. To many cultures around the world, including Native Americans, the mighty oak is a symbol of the knowledge and wisdom we learn from listening to the stories of our elders. This mural will also feature a woman sowing seeds and her child watering the earth as a metaphor of creating a better future through caring for each other while the oak protects and guides us with its deep roots.
The addition around the corner features a father and his child gathering apples, a tribute to the heritage of apples in Minnesota and the strength they’ve passed down through the generations. Just as we all have ancestors, every apple variety today has ancestors that passed down traits to survive harsh Minnesota winters, the kind of determination we only realize when we study our roots.