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About Osprey Orielle Lake

Osprey Orielle Lake



Osprey Orielle Lake, MA is the Founder/President of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus and Co-Founder of Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network. She works nationally and internationally with grassroots leaders, policy-makers, business leaders and scientists to promote resilient communities, foster a post-carbon energy future, while also addressing societal transformation. 
She is co-chair of the International Advocacy Working Group of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, and has traveled to five continents studying ancient and modern cultures while making presentations at international conferences and universities.
She served on the Steering Committee of the UN Women’s Major Group for the Rio+20 Earth Summit and was the visionary behind the International Women's Earth and Climate Summit, which brought together 100 women leaders from around the world to draft and implement a Women's Climate Action Agenda.
Osprey is the Founder/Artist of the International Cheemah Monument Project, creating 18 foot tall bronze sculpture monuments, where people can ponder a better future for the earth and humanity.  She has traveled to five continents studying ancient and modern cultures while exhibiting her sculpture collection and making presentations at international conferences and universities.


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Artistic Career

Front MonumentWhat people see and experience on a daily basis in their communities influences societal direction and cultural well-being. In our modern time, with the earth’s population living primarily in cities, it becomes more difficult to focus on the natural environment and people are more susceptible to a sense of disconnection from nature. This sense of separation from the natural world, of which we are most essentially a part, can cause a great deal of imbalance and isolation.


Nature-themed art can be a bridge, reminding us of the vital relationship we have to our living planet, and the importance of celebrating and protecting our Earth’s wonder, beauty and bountiful gifts. Embracing our connection to the natural world and each other is crucial to our efforts in designing and creating sustainable living models. It is through this connection that we have an opportunity to look at our cities and communities more enjoyably and responsibly, with an invitation to welcome ecological sustainability, education and neighborliness.


Osprey Orielle Lake is one of the world’s few female monument makers working with allegorical images, and her international monument projects reflect how the honoring of cultural diversity, integrated with appreciation for nature, creates a sense of belonging and connection, both locally and globally.

Incorporating meaningful and uplifting nature-themed and culturally diverse images into public spaces is one of the challenges Osprey addresses in her international art projects and presentations. Public art has historically attempted to provide cohesion to municipalities as it represents the experiences, legacy, philosophies and aesthetics of a particular region and culture. One way to invite and explore new societal dreams at this pivotal time in history is by respecting and protecting the uniqueness, history, language, worldviews, myths, flora and fauna of each city. Osprey’s work addresses how nature-based narrative artworks can bring balance, connection and hope into the heart of our cities and homes.


Fostering deeper personal and societal relationships with the land where we live and the places where we travel can enhance the economic, political and sociological issues regarding care for the environment. In a global economy where the earth is most commonly viewed as a commodity, it is essential to make a change in this perspective. We can do this through educational, scientific and cultural endeavors that allow us to renew positive human/nature relationships, as individuals, communities, nations and as a world people.


In a recent presentation Osprey recalled the words of cultural historian Thomas Berry, “It’s all a question of story. We are in trouble just now because we do not have a good story. We are in between stories. The old story, the account of how the world came to be and how we fit into it, is no longer effective. Yet we have not learned the new story.”


Osprey: “I believe one way we can change our communities and the way we live is by encouraging and exploring a new narrative. The outer landscape of our world will change particularly as we transform our inner landscape -- our cultural and individual story. This is why I work with public statues and smaller size artworks for the home, to spark a cultural transformation from the inside out. For this, a new narrative is needed, one that is based on respecting and honoring our shared living Earth and all the Earth’s people.


“My inspiration for my bronze sculptures and international monument projects came to me over many years of exploring how to bring attention to our living earth. By introducing images that celebrate cultural diversity and nature to homes, offices,and cities around the world, I hope to encourage people to think about a compassionate future and our responsibility to care for our home planet.”

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“In these times of great economic, political and environmental dislocation, Osprey Orielle Lake's Uprisings for the Earth challenges us to rise to the call of history and recommit ourselves individually and collectively, to creating a safe and sustainable future and that we do it with joy and laughter and love and awe and celebration!”
~ Belvie Rooks, Growing a Global Heart

"Uprisings for the Earth is a book for leaders and for those who feel the call to lead in this historic moment. The unity of Earth’s biological functioning has been broken, and thus all intelligent humans are united in a search for planetary healing. What you will experience in Uprisings for the Earth you will experience nowhere else.”

~ Brian Swimme, California Institute of Integral Studies, co-author The Universe Story with Thomas Berry.



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