A new piece of public art honoring Coeur d’Alene Indian Chief Morris Antelope will be dedicated at 3 p.m. July 18. The statue of the chief – a strong advocate for the rights of the Coeur d’Alene Indians – is located in the area of the tribe’s historical gathering place, Yap-Keehn-um. The site is on the Centennial Trail bulkhead where River Avenue meets Rosenberry Drive. “Chief Morris Antelope,” as the piece is entitled, was commissioned by the Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission and created by local artist Cheryl Metcalf. The City’s Public Art Ordinance, adopted in June 1999, established funding of public art that provides public visibility and impact. Parking for the ceremony is available on the north end of Rosenberry Drive (the Dike Road), the small paved lot near the intersection of College and W. River Drive, or the large paved lot across from the Wastewater Treatment Plant on Hubbard Avenue/Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor, city of Coeur d'Alene.
DFO: This piece of art is stunning by itself. But its location, with Chief Antelope looking south toward the confluence of Lake Coeur d'Alene and the Spokane River adds so much more. If you haven't seen it yet, do yourself a favor and do so.
For more information, please call Sean Holm, Arts Commission liaison, at 676-7401.