Piping Plover Eggs for Brimson (front)

Piping Plover Eggs for Brimson (front)

Adopted Post Office City or Postal Topic: 
Brimson, MN
Briefly describe why you chose this theme to represent the USPS: 
Our society has made an unfortunate habit of of either exploiting or ignoring important, beautiful things until they’re either endangered, or worse, extinct. Only when it’s almost too late do we start to worry about what we’ve lost. The Piping Plover is a charming, lovely shorebird which scurries along, searching the sand for food in a rapid stop-start motion, very like a mail carrier on his or her rounds. In Minnesota, the Piping Plover is currently struggling to survive on the shores of Lake Superior. Humans disturb its ground nesting sites and destroy habitat, loose cats stalk and kill it — the fault is ours, and the Plover needs our help. Near the Piping Plover’s home is the town of Brimson. It’s tiny, but surely its residents have the same needs as the rest of us, including the need to easily send and receive mail. The Brimson post office, zip code 55602, is on the list of post offices that are being threatened with closure. What would this area be without its post office, and without the Piping Plover? How would it change? On the front of my envelope are three Piping Plover eggs, painted actual size. On the back, I’ve typed the names of all the endangered Minnesota post offices, highlighting Brimson. (I love the imperfections inherent in using a real typewriter.) They’re being observed by a Piping Plover. Materials: Gouache and ink on Rives BFK. I’ve submitted online in order to meet the deadline, but would be happy to make my piece available for exhibition. Poet Amy Rea has submitted a companion piece, a poem which also links the fates of the Brimson post office and the Piping Plover. I very much enjoyed working on this project, and I thank you for your consideration.
Author: 
Terri
First Name: 
Terri
Last name: 
Wentzka