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Grandfather’s Wisdom

Andrea Wilbur-Sigo

Brightwater

Coast Salish forms and symbols connect this longhouse with Indigenous traditions.

© 2012 Andrea Wilbur-Sigo, Grandfather's Wisdom, old growth cedar and acrylic paint (detail). Photo by King County|Ned Ahrens.

This longhouse brings the history, perspectives, and culture of the First Peoples of Puget Sound to Brightwater. The sculptural forms of Grandfather’s Wisdom are derived from Indigenous Northwest Coast waterside building traditions.

“The artwork represents in a modern view what a longhouse would look like standing in a place that it's highly likely one might have been,” says Andrea Wilbur-Sigo, a member of the Squaxin Island Tribe and the first documented woman carver in her tribe and family.
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© 2012 Andrea Wilbur-Sigo, Grandfather's Wisdom, old growth cedar and acrylic paint. Photo by King County|Ned Ahrens.
© 2012 Andrea Wilbur-Sigo, Grandfather's Wisdom, old growth cedar and acrylic paint (detail). Photo by King County|Ned Ahrens.
© 2012 Andrea Wilbur-Sigo, Grandfather's Wisdom, old growth cedar and acrylic paint (detail). Photo by King County|Ned Ahrens.
© 2012 Andrea Wilbur-Sigo, Grandfather's Wisdom, old growth cedar and acrylic paint (detail). Photo by King County|Ned Ahrens.
© 2012 Andrea Wilbur-Sigo, Grandfather's Wisdom, old growth cedar and acrylic paint. Photo by King County, Ned Ahrens.
 

About the Location

Brightwater

Science, art, design, and ecology come together at Brightwater, one of the largest wastewater treatment facilities in the world. Located north of Woodinville, WA, Brightwater comprises a park, a community gathering space, an exhibition hall, and a scientific learning laboratory in addition to the structures that house technical operations. Throughout the site, integrated and portable…

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