Ramona Sakiestewa has produced 1 featured project using Zahner engineering, fabrication, and installation services. Zahner works with artists, sculptors, and conservators around the world to play a supportive role in bringing larger projects into realized works. From emerging to established, Zahner works with artists at every stage of their careers. Ramona Sakiestewa is an example of an artist who benefits from access to Zahner engineering, fabrication, and installation services for artists.
The Smithsonian NMAI
Zahner was selected for the production of several decorative and artistic elements for the National Museum for the American Indian (NMAI). The Smithsonian-owned NMAI is dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans. The National Museum of the American Indian is the 16th Museum of the Smithsonian Institute.The architectural design process included a number of designers and artists, including artist Ramona Sakiestewa, architects Jones & Jones with SmithGroup, and exhibition designers at Gerald Hilferty.Zahner worked with Hopi artist Ramona Sakiestewa to produce a copper screen wall, a permanent installation in the court of the museum which lines a walkway down to the open space. Copper was chosen to acknowledge the antiquity of the Indian people who lived in the Northeast. Copper was a widely used material in Mound Builder cultures, which stretched from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, east of the Mississippi, over 2000 years ago.