Living in a community in Iowa steeped with Native American Heritage, Steven Huffman was commissioned by a small town east of where he lives, named "Agency," to honor a Great Chief named Wapello.
It was upon this reflection that it was decided to create a "Welcome Sign" at the entry to their community to commemorate the life and location of Chief Wapello and his ancestor's.
The 3/8" thick mild steel silhouette of Chief Wapello is embedded in a rock formation constructed from a formable concrete product in Steve's studio and shipped to the site. Steve and team member Denis set the rock formation with the company track hoe.
The signage was created out of a stainless steel sheet. Notice a 3/4" rebar was installed within the town's name horizontally showing direction and providing stabilization to the letters. Aesthetically this allows a patina of rust and texture to drape down over portions of the lower section of the letters.