I recently read that the establishment of Yellowstone National Park is credited to the artist, Thomas Moran.
Here we are, some 200 plus years later, still painting it. But more than that, Yellowstone brings in millions of tourists each year and incalculable wealth to Western states. That’s just one park. Its preservation stems from the work of an individual, transformed and animated by its beauty.
Thank God for men like Thomas Moran, Teddy Roosevelt, and John Muir. Just as Michelangelo’s sculpture of David draws us all to the streets, restaurants, hotels, airlines, and train systems of Florence, our national parks -- our natural cathedrals -- continue to inspire the entire world. Their effect on all of our lives is beyond comprehension.
It all starts with art.