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Trails and Trials: A Century’s Journey to a Dream

Decorative Arts and Design
Highly adorned vase by Roberto Lugo featuring figures and symbols related to Atlanta's history.

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Trails and Trials: A Century’s Journey to a Dream

Artwork Details


Roberto Lugo (American, born 1981), designer and maker




Porcelain, china paint, and gold luster

Accession #



22 1/2 x 12 x 12 [approximate]


On View - Wieland Pavilion, Skyway, Gallery 421


Artist Roberto Lugo reimagined the High’s iconic Century Vase (1876), currently on view in the American art galleries, as a contemporary work with regional associations. Using a similar form and motifs to those of the Century Vase, Lugo chose important people and moments in Atlanta’s history to spur conversations among viewers. The figures of Martin Luther King Jr., Jimmy Carter, and André 3000 represent Atlanta’s roles in civil rights, social justice, and popular culture, respectively.


Purchase with funds from the Decorative Arts Acquisition Endowment