Indigenous Campus Welcoming Structure


The Indigenous Campus Welcoming Structure is intended to honor the genius of local indigenous culture, particularly the Akimel O’otham and PeePosh peoples of Arizona. The installation will welcome people, amplifying the idea of indigenous-centered futurity, ancestral lifeways and value systems, all the while enabling a contemporary expression, that we are still here. 

The three poles express past, present and future, offering a moment of pause around the circle of life, a place to sit and connect. The piece, and its gesture upward, aims to honor connections with mother earth, the underground and the sky world. The four rings honor four generations and four seasons. Solar led lighting will be used to amplify the eco-technological potential of Indigenous futurity, celebrating earths gifts. In recognition of the 22 tribes, there are 22 marks of acknowledgment on the outer ring. 


Public space

Stage of Completion

Schematic Design (2019-2020)


Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona


ASU Gammage

IDC (Indigenous Design Collaborative) Design Leads

Wanda Dalla Costa, Claudio Vekstein

IDC Design Team

Rhonda Harvey, Rocky Hanish

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