UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

THe long way home
URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

Materials: Corten Steel, Stone & LED Lights

Dimensions: 3 vessels with heights of 8’-0”, 12’-0”, 14’-0” each Location: Wassaja Hall, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Team: Vector and Douglas & Co. Masonry

 

The unusual path of Wassaja’s life began when he was taken as a young child from his Yavapai Apache family in the Southwest in 1860. He was sold to an Italian photographer who raised him as a son. He entered UIUC when he was 14 years old and became a medical doctor, fighting for Native American rights. In his old age he returned to his people. “The Long Way Home,” tells this story with stone from the land of Wassaja’s birth and sculptures in the form of a Yavapai basket.