Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds
Day/Night
1991

LOCATION
Pioneer Place Park
100 Yesler Way

FUNDING SOURCE
City of Seattle 1% for Art program and private donors


Near the bust of Chief Seattle are two porcelain-enamel-on-steel panels created by Native American artist Edgar Heap of Birds. The double-sided panels, entitled Day/Night, feature quotations in both English and Lushootseed (Chief Seattle's native language). The passages convey in a contemporary medium the sentiments of the Chief's famous speech given during the treaty negotiations of 1854, a public address that speaks to the relationship of his people to the earth. One panel reads: "Far away brothers and sisters, we still remember you" while the other one reads: "Chief Seattle, now the streets are our home."