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Wole Soyinka, Laura Jean McLaughlin, Bob Ziller


Commissioning Entity City of Asylum

The glass door on this house publication features a passage from Wole Soyinka's memoir The Man Died in his own handwriting, which is sandblasted into the glass. Soyinka was imprisioned during the Nigerian civil war in 1967 after calling for a cease fire.

The glass tile mosaic behind the door is a collaboration of Laura Jean McLaughlin, Bob Ziller, and the Mattress Factory's Community Art Lab.

Wole Soyinka (b. 1934) is a Nigerian poet who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986. Soyinka holds the honor of being the first African writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He currently serves as Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is a cofounder of City of Asylum.

Laura Jean McLaughlin (b. ) is a ceramics artist whose work has been exhibited in over 100 galleries and museums. She is the recipient of grants from the NEA and Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Bob Ziller is an artist, singer, lyricist and publisher whose work has been featured in over 80 exhibitions. He is the co-owner and editor of Lascoux Editions/Awesome Books in Pittsburgh.