A 'healing' work celebrating Dakota culture takes the place of 'Scaffold' in Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Sculpture by Native American artist Angela Two Stars will be unveiled Saturday


October 8, 2021

David Joles, Star Tribune

Angela Two Stars' new commission for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. "Okciyapi," celebrates Dakota language and culture.

Twin Cities artist Angela Two Stars bent over a table, balancing a scissors in one hand as she gently tugged at a piece of black plastic.

She slowly peeled it away to reveal a lowercase "n" - part of the word "Wothehinda," which means "love" in the Dakota language - created for a new artwork being unveiled Saturday in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

"Okciyapi (Help Each Other)" was commissioned by Walker Art Center after it came under fire for "Scaffold," a sculpture based in part on the gallows used to hang 38 Dakota men following the U.S.-Dakota War in 1862 - the largest mass execution in American history.



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