Washington State will send a statue of Nisqually activist Billy Frank Jr. to Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. in 2025.

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Visit to Washington, D.C.


In April, 2023, members of the Billy Frank Jr. Committee, ArtsWA, and the Nisqually Indian Tribe traveled to Washington, D.C. to visit Statuary Hall and consult with Michele Cohen, Curator for the Architect of the Capitol.

Visit to Haiying’s studio


In June, 2023, members of the Billy Frank Jr. Committee, ArtsWA, and the Nisqually Indian Tribe visited artist Haiying Wu at his home studio to see the statue’s small-scale model.

Maquette reveal


On January 20, 2024, Lieutenant Governor Denny Heck held a celebration to reveal artist Haiying Wu’s maquette (approximately half-scale model) of the Billy Frank Jr. statue design.

Video

ArtsWA and the Nisqually Indian Tribe are working with Children of the Setting Sun to develop a series of videos about the Billy Frank Jr. Statue Project. Watch this page and the ArtsWA YouTube channel for the latest videos.

Part I: the Artist


In this video, travel with Haiying from his beginnings in China to the life-changing 2023 phone call that connected him forever to one of Washington’s most beloved and consequential citizens. Produced by Children of the Setting Sun Productions, with additional footage by Ray Whitehouse and the Architect of the Capitol.

Maquette reveal


On January 20, 2024, Lieutenant Governor Denny Heck held a celebration at the Washington State Capitol Building to reveal artist Haiying Wu’s maquette (approximately half-scale model) of the Billy Frank Jr. statue design. Footage provided by TVW.

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Project update: March

Billy Frank Jr

Haiying Wu’s statue design approved by the Joint Committee on the Library. New video profile of Haiying Wu. Billy Frank Jr. statue to be completed at SPSCC in newly announced partnership.