In 1978 Puryear moved to Chicago where he lived for 12 years. Sanctuary is basically a stick connecting a box that anchors what is on the other end of the stick a wheel. Puryear's employment of folk techniques is perhaps highly influenced by his time spent in Sierra Leone.
Martin Puryear (born May 23 1941) is an African American sculptor. He works in media including wood stone tar and wire and his work is a union of minimalism and traditional crafts.