Artist statement by Ernie Christopher Emmanuel of Canada. “Changing Nation” is a mural inspired by the river, people and the colors deeply connected to Mankato. As the river swell and moves, I imagine the flow of people in the changing landscape of the town as it grows. The flower evolved from the portraits of diversity of a new nation emerging. Like the river that ebbs and flows so are the people of this land. As an artist I am drawn and inspired by the nature of Mankato. I return for many reasons."