Do you have ideas for a work of art that could replace Hiawatha on the La Crosse riverfront?
The La Crosse arts board has a special meeting this week, to discuss a proposed contest for an artwork that would be placed in the general area where the Indian statue has been since 1961.
The arts board also is being asked to endorse the removal of Hiawatha, approved last week by the La Crosse park board.
And another item on Friday’s agenda asks that the arts board be included in decision-making about public works of art.
The board normally meets early in the month, and did not have a chance to discuss the request made last week by Mayor Tim Kabat to have Hiawatha removed.
A draft of the plan calls for a sculpture that ‘will engage, educate, and inspire the public.’
The city park board voted unanimously to have Hiawatha removed, after decades of criticism that the statue is an inaccurate stereotype of native tribes in the region.