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Midden Mound Wickiups

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"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.


Wickiup refers to a primitive domed structure historically associated with Native Americans of the Southwest.  The mesh is patterned with traditional blanket color bands.  The Trilateral Bench is comprised of three interlocking ten foot prism-shaped pieces of polished Texas red granite, forming triangular interconnected seating.  Both sites are visible from Pearsall Park and draw visitors to explore the distant amenities.  "Wickiup Overlook" responds to the technology of the large cargo planes using blankets made from a hexagonal structural material often used in aircraft skin construction.  The wickiups provide shaded gathering places, seating, and viewing experiences looking out over Lackland Air Force Base, Leon Creek, and Downtown San Antonio. 

Accession#: 2016.SIM.1
Artist First Name: Buster
Artist Last Name: Simpson
More About Artist URL: http://www.bustersimpson.net/
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Type: outdoor sculpture
Media 1: steel-structural
Media 2: mesh
Dimensions: Wikiup Encampment 13' tall and 52' wide, Wickup Overlook 13' tall and 26' wide
Completion Year: 2016
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Location Name: Pearsall Park
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Zip Code: 78242
Point X: -98.5927074
Point Y: 29.3539369
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Council District: 4
Map Point Color: Green


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Midden Mound Wickiups

Artist: Buster Simpson
Category: categoryParks
Details: outdoor sculpture, steel-structural, mesh
Dimensions: Wikiup Encampment 13' tall and 52' wide, Wickup Overlook 13' tall and 26' wide
Date completed: 2016
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"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.



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