Word Band

The concrete band of word pairings encircling Wilder Center captures the spirit of Wilder and celebrates the forward-thinking and inclusive vision that is the cornerstone of the Wilder Foundation's purpose -- to enrich the Saint Paul community and improve the lives of its people. Drawn from the original text of the Wilder family wills, the articles of incorporation and mission statement, the word band invites the reader to explore the architecture and interpret the meaning of the word pairings in multiple ways through an alternating light/bold pattern. By carving these purposefully selected words into stone, Wilder is making a commitment to perpetuate the virtues that were so important to the Wilder family more than 100 years ago and that continue to drive the work of the Foundation today.

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