Nelson has created a piece, specifically for the site in which
it resides. Widow's
Watch, his vertical construction of wood, is
topped with a collection of pieces from the natural physical
environment - wood fallen from the trees at PNC - artifacts of
human life, and even personal artifacts reminiscent of Nelson's
childhood growing up near the waters of Lake Michigan. As a
child, Nelson sought refuge in this place where his curiosity
was rewarded. As an adult, he finds that those emotions and
intellect coalesce to nurture his work.
teaches in the wood-sculpting department of the School of the
Art Institute, in Chicago.