The first sculpture is titled “You Are Here” and represents the time and growth of Cherokee County within it is layers, according to the artist. The layers include an outline of the county, a red marker showing where the sculpture and the viewer are located, the roadways that bring life and movement within the county, and the original railroad system which helped fuel the development of Cherokee County.
The middle sculpture represents the indigenous people of Cherokee County, and is titled “Ta-la, White Oak.” History Cherokee exists on the lands of the Cherokee and Creek peoples, whose ancestors resided here long before the lines of Cherokee County were drawn.
The white oak was chosen as the subject due to its importance and perseverance in Cherokee history and culture. Indigenous to the Southeast, the tree grew in abundance, and was used for houses and roofs, basketry, ceremonial fire, and as a food source, according to the interpretation of the sculpture.
The sculpture stands as a reminder of the forced removal of the Cherokee from their homes in the county in 1838. The removal was a part of the attempted genocide known as the Trail of Tears.
“Poultry Pioneers”, the third sculpture, represents the importance of the poultry industry to Cherokee County. By the 1960s, Cherokee County was known as the Broiler County of the World. Its residents took pride in its large-scale poultry production, which focused on broiler chickens, raised specifically for their meat.
Of the interpretive work, Mei says, “The Broiler Chicken stands proud on top of his chicken coop. Rising above and beyond to represent the hardworking and respected individuals in Cherokee County that formed the poultry industry into what it is today.”