Nick Willett


Location: NW Corner of South Ave. & Walnut St.

This sculpture is the visual representation of Schlumbergera truncata (AKA Holiday Cactus), but more importantly it symbolizes the Awá people of the Brazilian Amazon. Both live in unity with the giant trees of the rainforest. Only 350 of the Awá are left, 100 of which have never had contact with the modern world. These people are being murdered for the trees on their reservation by loggers and hired killers. Illegal logging to produce exotic lumber like Ice is leading to the depletion of habitat for the nomadic people. Ipe is a highly sought after material for high end decks and is available here in the Ozark. Please watch the documentary Brazil’s Awá Tribe: The Final Battle, which outlines the fight for the their survival.