Billy Frank Jr. statue to be completed at SPSCC in newly announced partnership

Representatives from Nisqually Indian Tribe, the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), and South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) gather with artist Haiying Wu. The full-scale model of the statue of Billy Frank Jr. in this photo is machine-carved Styrofoam, which Wu will coat with clay to develop the artwork’s final details. Photo by Debbie Preston, Nisqually Communications & Media Services.

ArtsWA and the Nisqually Indian Tribe have partnered with South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) to host artist Haiying Wu as he completes a statue of Billy Frank Jr. for National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. Wu will work on the 9′-tall statue of the late Nisqually leader and treaty rights activist in the scene shop of SPSCC’s Drama program, where students and members of the community will be invited to watch the artist at work.

“I am making a historical piece, and I want to make it the best that it can be,” said artist Haiying Wu, who was selected for the project in 2023. “It’s important for Nisqually, it’s important for the Washington State Arts Commission, and it’s important for the state of Washington.”

Wu will begin his work in March 2024, embarking on an estimated four-month project based in SPSCC’s Scene Shop in the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts (Building 21, Olympia Campus). The space will be open for the public to observe and participate in Wu’s work.

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