“Slave Statue” Project Stopped; Community Input Sought For Public Art

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    Click Above to Hear Full Interview. Runs Eight Minutes ©2011 WTLC/Radio One. The controversial statue by African-American artist Fred Wilson commissioned for the Downtown Indianapolis Cultural Trail, which provoked a firestorm of outrage from many African-Americans, has been cancelled. Brian Payne, CEO of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, the force behind the Cultural Trail, announced the decision live on Afternoons with Amos.

    Payne said that Wilson will be paid for the work done so far on the statue, which depicts a slave that is part of the downtown Soliders and Sailors Monument. Paye said that a group is being formed, to hopefully include those who expressed their concerns during the months of controversy, to develop public art that reflects the African-American community and experience.

    Payne also said that if Wilson wishes to finish his work he can and can display it anywhere he chooses.

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