Shoreham Train Yards is a 230-acre train, trucking and bulk-distribution site in Northeast Minneapolis owned by Canadian Pacific Railway since 1888. Since May of 2019, artist Gudrun Lock has been speaking with industry, the public and researchers about planting a dense vegetation barrier between Shoreham Train Yards and residential housing in Northeast Minneapolis. The question of using living beings as mediators between industry and residents is very complex, involving scientific, cultural and ethical questions at once. To explore these complexities, Lock is interested in developing conversations with atmospheric chemists, hydrologists, soil, forestry and geo-engineering researchers, as well as folklorists, tribal elders and anthropologists to create new thinking around pollution, biodiversity, land use and the role of storytelling in shaping our relationship to the natural world. We invite anyone who is interested in being involved in this project to reach out to us.
Gudrun Lock’s project, Greening the Margins, is supported by the Institute for Advanced Study’s Collaborative Grant (2021). In the spring 2022, Lock will develop a series of installations and events in the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration at WAM.