Species of Concern
Species of Concern

State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection




4 x 3.5 x 3.5 and 3.75 x 3 x 3

Glendinning Mansion


2018.50 A, B

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Two paper sculptures resembling cacti. One slightly larger. Paper is grey / green woven for the body of the sculpture with light orange blossoms. San Rafael Cactus was created as part of a series of knitted paper sculptures called Species of Concern. In this series, various endangered and rare flora indigenous to Utah are reproduced using paper yarn, highlighting the fragility and impermanence of these plants.
San Rafael Cactus is a very rare and endangered species that only grows on a small strip of Utah's San Rafael Swell. It spends most of its life underground during cold of dry seasons. Its rare appearance and diminutive size makes it easily overlooked during the few days it emerges to flower every year