Midden Mound Wickiups
outdoor sculpture, steel-structural, mesh
Wikiup Encampment 13' tall and 52' wide, Wickup Overlook 13' tall and 26' wide
More About the Artist
"Midden Mound Wikiups" by Seattle based artist Buster Simpson is a modern take on a Wickiup including two sites with three domes made of metal, metal mesh, and geometric benches providing shade and a place to rest that honors the historical presence of indigenous peoples and their light footprint on the land. Wickiup refers to a primitive domed structure historically associated with Native Americans of the Southwest - temporary strong domed dwellings made of bent green branches, hides, and thatch. The pair is called Wickiup Encampment and the Singular is Wickiup Overlook; both are visible from Pearsall Park and draw visitors to explore the distant amenities. Upon arrival at each installation site, visitors are rewarded with a place for respite and views over looking Lackland Air Force Base, the meandering Leon Creek, pastoral and native landscapes, suburban villages and, in the distance, downtown San Antonio.