There are many interesting public art pieces in Walla Walla. This one is the one I like the most. Have you ever noticed these little images in the windows of the facade in the Heritage Park on Main St? Do you wonder what is the meaning behind this?
This art piece is called “Windows in the Past.” The pictures are historic photos of different cultures who lived in the Walla Walla Valley from 1850 to 1950. There are also images of landscapes, and beautiful nature and animals. The pictures are done in porcelain on steel panels.The center windows are pictures of area’s Native Americans. The whole mural represents more than 20 cultural and ethnic groups! There are Chinese, African-Americans, French, Italians, Jewish, Lebanese, Latinos, Japanese, Norwegians, English, Scots, Irish, Swiss, Polish, Germans from Russia, Ukrainians, Germans, and Greeks. The nature images include a panorama of the Blue Mountains and a depiction of Wallula Gap by a Walla Walla photographer Hans Matschukat. The top arches are filled by an image of Bennington Lake on Mill Creek, by Donna Lasater.
This project was completely finished in September, 2010. Some students from Whitman College and Walla Walla University helped with the research as interns under the leadership of The Art Director and production artist Jeanne McMenemy. The steel panels were produced by Winsor Fireform, Tumwater, WA.
What do you think about this piece and why is it so significant?
-Kristina Kozakova, Junior Communications major at WWU