Gallows-like Sculpture to be Dismantled and Burned 01 Jun 17

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis say Native American tribal leaders will oversee the dismantling of a gallows-like sculpture that reminded protesters of the mass hanging of 38 Dakota men in 1862.

The Dakota elders will then lead a ceremonial burning of the “Scaffold” sculpture near Fort Snelling. That’s where Dakota people were imprisoned after the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War that led to the executions in Mankato.

The decision was announced Wednesday after a meeting that included the elders, Walker executive director Olga Viso, representatives of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and city government, and artist Sam Durant.

The two-story sculpture was inspired in part by the 1862 hanging, which was the largest mass execution in U.S. history.

Dismantling the sculpture begins Friday and will take four days and will then be burned.