Dakota Elders have decided the fate of Sam Durant’s “Scaffold,” which is legally in their possession.
The outcry over Sam Durant’s sculpture at the Walker Art Center has provoked reflections on past memorials for the US–Dakota War, and how Dakota Nation voices continue to be ignored.
In responding to the “Scaffold” controversy in Minneapolis, some art world onlookers have painted the white male artist as the victim.
Sam Durant’s sculpture has been dismantled, but its materials await their fate while members of the Dakota Nation seek more input regarding the best way to dispose of them.
On Friday, Dakota elders led a ceremony that included a blessing for construction workers who then started to take apart Sam Durant’s controversial installation “Scaffold.”
After protests from the local Dakota nation, Sam Durant’s “Scaffold” will be taken apart starting tomorrow.
Sam Durant’s outdoor installation “Scaffold” references the US Army’s mass execution of 38 Dakota men in Minnesota in 1862.