Special thanks to Rosie Courtney, program manager of public affairs at the Port of Seattle, for sharing these images of the new Native American art installations at the Smith Cove cruise terminal in Seattle.
The welcome figures appear to stand alone but nothing could be further from the truth. They were created to draw the observer into their presence and begin to communicate the narrative of the space they represent. They are in harmony with their environment and assist people in achieving their own experience of harmony. For thousands of years welcome figures have been standing on these lands.
The Puget Sound natives have always proudly made these figures from old growth cedar that have already fallen, never letting their natural resources go to waste. They are meant to welcome, protect and show the wealth of our communities. The artist is Andrea Wilbur-Sigo. She is a member of the Squaxin Island Tribe and is the first documented native woman carver of many generations of carvers. Wilbur-Sigo has also mastered other Salish art forms including beadwork, button blankets, and basketry. Other recent public work includes a seven-foot round spindal at the Evergreen State College Longhouse and the creation of glass panels and seating elements for the Puyallup Elders Center.
Program Manager, Public Affairs
Port of Seattle