The Atlanta BeltLine shows hope and confidence about the future of the greater Atlanta community.
“Optimistical” is a stainless-steel sculpture that uses transparent colored acrylic to metaphorically
highlight the brighter view and transformation of the area. The panels are arranged in a manor to suggest the old rail track from the past, while highlighting the materials that inspire hope and confidence about the future.
Nathan was brought up in the mid-west where his father, a third-generation stone mason,
taught him the value of craftsmanship. From this experience grew an appreciation for the
working man, as well as a passion for building things with his hands.
His sculptures reflect not only his personal interest in architectural forms, but also a belief that
communication plays a fundamental role in our perceptions of the world we live in. His work has
always dealt with the conflicts of confinement and freedom and exploring catalyst between the
two: building or destroying communication. “The material I use and the process of my work is
directly influenced by experience. I come from a mid-west blue collar family that has been in the
construction business four generations, and the idea to create sculpture from those same
materials seemed natural and permanent. My decision to utilize the benefits of structural steel
in my work also comes from being inspired by the fabrication process. I enjoy the dedication and
commitment that is required with this material, it helps build character”.
His work has been displayed extensively in juried exhibitions and outdoor sculpture programs
across the Midwest, including, The Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, Sculpture Walk Sioux Falls, SPACES
Sculpture Invitational in Huntsville Alabama, and the recipient of the 2013 Lewis C Weinberg
Award at Skokie North Shore Sculpture Park.