A group of Native American Indians and the artist who created a controversial sculpture based on a Plains Indian funeral stand plan to work together on a more suitable design to make a statement on gun violence.
City crews removed the sculpture designed by artist Tom Bettin hours after Bettin, Arts Council executive director Nancy Boskoff and representatives of First Nation Intertribal Council met Tuesday to discuss the piece. Pauline Valdez, the mayor's assistant for minority and community affairs, also reviewed the sculpture Tuesday with local Native American Indian leaders."It was really clear it was not appropriate to leave it up," Boskoff said. "If we'd had people review the work, we would not have gotten to this point."
The sculpture, placed at the Salt Lake City Library, featured a stand made of metal standards with a rebar platform. Disabled guns, which came from the stockpile of weapons the Police Department bought from residents earlier this year, were heaped across the top of the platform. The guns were wrapped in a piece of sheet-metal painted red to resemble a blanket.