Designer and artist Aaron Squadroni lives on the Mesabi Iron Range in northern Minnesota where he spends his days exploring the landscape of the region and creating art that is about the places he encounters. His methods often involve metalpoint drawing combined with found mine materials such as overburden rock, tailings, and taconite pellets. Focusing on themes of nature, industry and memory, Squadroni creates drawings that explore the visible and unseen tensions in the mining landscape. References to these themes appear in Squadroni’s works of public art, most notably in his experimentation with gabion wall structures that use steel mesh and mine rock. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Masters of Architecture program, Squadroni’s design experience has allowed him to produce public art that combines landscape, furniture and sculpture for the cities of Grand Rapids, Coleraine, and Chisholm, Minnesota.