Roundabout

Migration


  • Location - Newport Avenue & College Way
  • Artist - Hai Ying Wu
  • Year Installed - 2004

Hai Ying Wu’s (also known as Jason Wu) body of work is in the social-realist genre creating figurative yet symbolic sculptures. He participated in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, and was caught in the square when the Chinese military attacked the demonstrators. He immigrated to the United States later that same year.

The sculpture Shipment to China consists of 10 feet of tracks and a 1909 railroad car made in Tacoma with dozens of bronze “boxes” stacked on top. About the size of bricks, they resemble urns for ashes, and are inscribed with the names of the Chinese laborers who helped build the Northern Pacific Railroad.

Wu’s sculpture of the Seattle Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Pioneer Square was inspired by the four firefighters that died in the line of duty while fighting a warehouse fire in Seattle's Chinatown in 1995. The sculpture is a tribute to all thirty-one firefighters that have died in the line of duty since the department began in 1889. Wu now runs a successful foundry and studio just outside Chengdu, China.