When visitors pass through the Queen’s Law atrium this fall, they will see the Faculty’s commitment to reconciliation writ large. A piece of art will be installed to help increase the visibility of Indigenous art and culture, promote the recognition of Indigenous territory on campus, and create a welcoming space for Indigenous Peoples.
The question remains: will the art take the form of an eagle feather, or of wampum belts?
As a committee evaluates the three options they have received in response to their recent request for proposals, the artists had a chance Monday to make their case directly to the Queen’s community.
Artists Wally Dion, Rebecca Baird, and Hannah Claus were on campus to demonstrate their ideas during an open house and a public reception. Dion’s and Claus’ ideas involve installing large vertical wampum belts in the Gowling WLG Atrium, while Baird has suggested suspending a large feather from the rafters.
The purpose of Monday’s events was to solicit comments from the Queen’s community regarding the proposals via an online survey. The comments will inform the committee’s final decision, which will be revealed later this month.
“Thank you to everyone who came out to our two public events, and to those who have taken the time to register their comments,” says Dean Bill Flanagan, chair of the committee. “This project will help our Faculty contribute to the important cause of reconciliation in Canada, with the inclusion of a prominent work of Indigenous art that reflects historical and contemporary issues relevant to Indigenous Peoples and law.”
The goal is to complete the art installation this fall. For more information, visit the Queen’s Law Indigenous Art Commission webpage.
By Phil Gaudreau
The Story So Far
- The successful artist will be named by the end of March.
- The art will be installed this fall.