Renowned Washington artist named to create likeness of this Indigenous leader for Capitol
Whatcom legislator sponsored measure to honor treaty activist, environmental advocate.
From The Olympian:
A renowned Seattle artist has been chosen to design a statue of Billy Frank Jr. for display in the nation’s capital, according to the Washington State Arts Commission.
Haiying Wu, who designed the Seattle Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Pioneer Square, will create a likeness of Frank for Statuary Hall at the Capitol Building, where each U.S. state can display two statues, ArtsWA said in a statement Thursday, Jan. 26.
Wu, a native of China, has created public art throughout the Northwest and sometimes uses the “socialist realist” style that glorifies working people.
In Statuary Hall, Washington state currently has likenesses of Northwest missionary Mother Joseph and doctor and missionary Marcus Whitman.
Frank’s statue is slated to replace Whitman’s, possibly as early as 2024, ArtsWA told The Bellingham Herald in an email.
Post a comment
No comments yet. You should be kind and add one!
By submitting a comment you grant Yelm Community Blog a perpetual license to reproduce your words and name/web site in attribution. Inappropriate and irrelevant comments will be removed at an admin’s discretion. Your email is used for verification purposes only, it will never be shared.