Touch the Sky

Touch the Sky is a tribute to the breathtaking vistas and iconic creatures of the American prairie. World-renowned nature photographer Jim Brandenburg captures the wide-open magnificence of the prairie, as well as its often over-looked intricate details. In panoramic images, we see great herds of bison as well as the lowly grasshopper, dragonfly and dove. Lightning storms and wildfire rage across the landscape, while delicate blossoms sway in the breeze and yellow cottonwood leaves rest on new fallen snow. Through these photos, Brandenburg reveals the cycles of life with both precision and aesthetic grace.

Though best known for his work with National Geographic and his portraits of wolves in the North Woods, Brandenburg has been returning in recent years to his prairie roots. Growing up on the open, windblown prairies of southwest Minnesota, he started his photographic career with images of wildlife on a small, remnant patch of prairie near his grandfather's farm. Expanding from this Minnesota base, the exhibition includes images from prairies in Nebraska, Iowa, the Dakotas, Oklahoma, Illinois and other states.

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Number of pieces

  • Introductory text panels, picture captions, prairie facts labels and quotes
  • Educational kit of hands-on objects and other materials
  • Elk antlers and bison skull
  • Displays of prairie grasses
  • Short, high-definition video by Jim Brandenburg

Space required: 250-300 linear feet

Number of Crates: To Be Determined

Security: Moderate

Fee: $5,000 for 8 weeks

Bell Museum Touring Exhibitions
University of Minnesota
10 Church Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone 612-624-1342