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Aerial Image, Mantle Tribute to Virginia Indians
As visitors wend their way through the path at the state capitol in Richmond, their movements evoke the circular dance formations found in the American Indian cultures. Alan Michelson, a Mohawk member of Six Nations of the Grand River and an award-winning artist, was commissioned to create Mantle. Michelson described the monument saying, "[Mantle] requires the visitor to neither look up nor look down, but invites one to enter—from the east—and participate in it. It is not conceived as a static monument to be venerated but an active one to be experienced by moving off the everyday grid and into the American Indian circle".