Grand Prismatic Spring, 36" H x 35" W

Heat transfers of Yellowstone spring and map, painted, stitched and embroidered, on satin, silk, and brocade.  The borders are embroidered with trapper Osbourne Russell's early 19th century description of Grand Prismatic Spring.

"The steam which arose from it was of three distinct colors.  (From the West side for one third of the diameter it was white, in the middle it was pale red, and the remaining third on the East, sky blue.)  Whether it was something peculiar in the state of the atmosphere or whether it was some chemical properties contained in the water...I am unable to say and shall leave the explanation to some scientific tourist who may visit this place in the future."  trapper Osbourne  Russell, in the Yellowstone area 1834-1843