The idea of a multiplicity of chair parts in this piece comes from Senator Inouye’s history as champion for the rights of Native Hawaiians, Native Americans, Alaskan natives, and he sought equal justice for Japanese-Americans and Filipino World War II veterans. At the heart of the sculpture, a solid teak chair represents Senator Inouye's steadfastness. Images in the artwork that are related to Inouye’s military service: a Bronze Star, awarded for meritorious service; and a Purple Heart, which he earned as a result of being wounded as a member of the armed services. Senator Inouye lost his right arm during World War II, referenced by wrapping the right arm of the Senator’s chair with American flags. Senator Inouye's Japanese heritage is referenced by the flag of Japan.