Midden Mound Wickiups

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title: Midden Mound Wickiups
Photo Credit: Todd Metten
Lead Artist(s):

Description:

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. Simpson’s modern take on a Wickiup includes two sites, three metal domes, 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. 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, meandering Leon Creek, pastoral and native landscapes, suburban villages and, in the distance, downtown San Antonio.

PROJECT LOCATION

Park
Public Space
Trail
Pearsall Park is 505 acres and is designed to offer a dynamic open space with fitness and recreational amenities ideal for facilitating health/wellness/sports activities and outdoor family/social gatherings. Park expansion efforts doubled the total size of the park from 243 acres through City purchase of an additional 262 acres as part of the 2012-2017 City Bond Program. A few of the park featured improvements include a family fun zone (splash pads, basketball courts, and the City’s largest skate park and children’s playground), fitness challenge zone (forty-yard sprint time, zip line, and traveling rings), and public art installations (Wickiup Encampment and Wickiup Overlook).
Pearsall Park
4700 Old Pearsall Rd
San Antonio, TX 78242
United States

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PROJECT TEAM

City of San Antonio, Department of Arts & Culture
james.leflore@sanantonio.gov
George Schroeder, Metalmorphosis LLC and CCC Group Inc., San Antonio, Texas, Cold Spring Quarry, Marble Falls, Texas; San Jacinto Materials Inc., Krisch Construction Company, Connexa Energy, Comfort, Texas
PROJECT DETAILS

Permanent
327,000
$250,000-$499,999
Percent-for-Art
Environmental Art, Mixed Media, Site integrated landscape architectural work
LED, Light, Metal, Mixed Media, Stone
2016
2017