Grandfather's Wisdom, New Artwork Installed at Brightwater

Grandfather’s Wisdom, detail, © Andrea Wilbur-Sigo, 2012
Grandfather’s Wisdom, detail, © Andrea Wilbur-Sigo, 2012

Join Public Art 4Culture in celebrating the recent installation of Andrea Wilbur-Sigo’s Grandfather’s Wisdom, an artwork that brings the history, perspectives and culture of the First Peoples of Puget Sound to Brightwater.

Grandfather’s Wisdom, detail, © Andrea Wilbur-Sigo, 2012
Grandfather’s Wisdom, detail, © Andrea Wilbur-Sigo, 2012

Artwork discussion and demonstration

Saturday, May 19th, 11am – Noon

Brightwater Education & Community Center, Community Room

The latest in a series of artworks that celebrate water, natural habitat, and the science of plant processes at Brightwater, Grandfather’s Wisdom is installed by water that flows to Little Bear Creek, a salmon bearing creek. The welcoming Longhouse structure features carved motifs of creatures of universal importance among Puget Sound tribes. It is flanked by a series of upright paddles that pay homage to the canoe journey and acknowledge the historical importance of salmon to Native peoples and the restored habitat made possible by Brightwater.

Andrea, a member of the Squaxin Island Tribe and the first documented Native woman carver of many generations, will share the stories her artwork tells and offer demonstrations of traditional Northwest Coast carving techniques. She will be joined by Native storyteller and educator Roger Fernandes, a member of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, for a discussion about the origins and recent renaissance of Coast Salish art.

Tours of the treatment plant and public artwork installed at Brightwater will be offered between 10am and 3pm as part of a Brightwater Center Open House.

Online reservation is required to tour the treatment plant.