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Artist Name: Christine Bauemler
Date Created: Unknown
Location: Swede Hollow Park
History: In 1841, Edward Phalen, the first European settler to the area, moved into the valley. In 1844, William Dugus bought Phalen's claim and built on Phalen Creek the first sawmill in Saint Paul. In 1865, the first train to Duluth chugged through the valley. Swedish settlers quickly moved in, naming the area Swede Hollow (Svenska Dalen). However, in 1956, the city Health Department discovered that Swede Hollow contained no sewer or city water service, so they condemned the area, moving out the families and destroying the houses. In 1973, neighborhood residents and the Saint Paul Garden Club commenced actions to create a park.
Bauemler presently teaches at the University of Minnesota. She has studied in Japan, she graduated Cum Laude from Yale University, and she received her masters from the Indiana University. She taught at the Gustavus Adolphus College from 1997 to 1999, when she moved to the College of Visual Arts. She has traveled widely, producing art based on her experiences. Her work currently reflects the effect of global climate disruption on rainforests, coral reefs, and the deep sea.