Green Line Train Illustration (interior + exterior)

For Earth Week 2019, I had the honor of teaming up with Metro Transit, and the University of St Thomas’ SCP Arts, Department of Justice and Peace Studies, and the College of Arts and Science’s SOLV Initiative!

Together we have made an interior and exterior train wrap possible.

It will be installed and on display running on the Green Line April 22nd through May 2019


Illustrator and Art Director: Sarah Nelson (Artist, and SCP Art’s Artist-In-Residence)

Layout: Elissa Erickson (Graphic Design Supervisor, Metro Transit)

Directors of Partnerships and Logistics: Kelly Morrell (Commuter Programs Specialist, Metro Transit) and Maria Dahmus (Director of SCP Arts at the University of St. Thomas)

Investors: Metro Transit, SOLV Initiative, and SCP Arts

photos by Dane Pedersen


EXTERIOR: In partnership with SCP Arts and the Department of Justice and Peace Studies’ Leadership for Social Justice course at the University of St Thomas, Metro Transit collaborated with students to collect the rich stories of transit riders. These stories have been published in their book, Transit Transformations.

Students worked on the book cover art with SCP Artist- In- Residence Sarah Nelson. They felt the life cycle of the monarch butterfly was the best metaphor for the transformative effect public transport can have on communities.

INTERIOR: In partnership with Metro Transit, SCP Arts, and the College of Arts and Sciences SOLV Initiative, at the University of St Thomas, local artist Sarah Nelson created an Earth Day Celebration Illustration.

The interior depicts Minnesota animals enjoying the outdoors and our wonderful cities. It is meant to remind us of our relationship to our natural environment and to inspire joy. It is detailed. It is fun.

The interior illustrations transition between the four seasons and through a full day cycle.


All illustrations were created by Sarah Nelson. She illustrated the exterior and interior on her iPad Pro using her apple pencil and the Adobe Draw App. It took a total 400 hours in 4 weeks to complete the interior and exterior illustrations.

Due to printing changes, much of what you will see in the full illustrations have been cut out. I hope you enjoy getting a glimpse at the full illustrations!

Scroll to see the complete set and details.

All illustrations created by Sarah Nelson

photos by Dane Makes

© 2019 By Sarah Nelson

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