Tuyanitun: Tuggeht in production
After three years from concept, design, advocacy, to mockup, I am happy to share that the planned sculptural landmarking installation at Bishop's Beach in Homer, Alaska is officially in production and will be installed in the first half of 2022. The effort that lead to the creation of Tuyanitun: Tuggeht originated with colleagues at the Bunnell Street Arts Center and without their bold action a significant marker signifying our region's indigenous people's heritage and presence may not have been possible in our lifetime.
The project is officially supported by my tribe's governing body, the Ninilchik Traditional Council, and the Homer City Council. Tuyanitun: Tuggeht will also be a guiding feature of the redevelopment of the city's park frontage at Bishop's Beach as directed by City Parks Superintendant Matt Steffy and landscape architect and artist Rika Mouw, two people who have become friends of mine over the time of development and whom I both admire deeply.
In early 2022 dates will be announced for official dedication ceremonies and events held in concert with its final unveiling.