Public Art Chief Morris Antelope

"Chief Morris Antelope"
Artist:  Cheryl Metcalf
Location:  Centennial Trail Bulkhead
(River Avenue/Rosenberry Drive)

In November, 2014, the Coeur d'Alene Arts Commission issued a Call to Artists for public art on the Centennial Trail Bulkhead near the corner of River Avenue and Rosenberry Drive in the Education Corridor of the City of Coeur d'Alene.  The commission envisioned an art piece that would embody the diverse and rich history of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, and the vibrant present and bright future of the area.  

Artist Cheryl Metcalf was one of 23 artists/artists teams who submitted qualifications for the public art.  The "Chief Morris Antelope" sculpture was one of three finalists selected by the Selection Committee, which consisted of seven (7) voting members, including arts professionals, artists, citizens, and a council member.  The artist chose to sculpt Chief Morris Antelope because "he was a strong advocate for the rights of the Coeur d'Alene Indians.  Attending constitutional committee meetings he challenged the government often for hunting and fishing year round privileges.  Chief Morris worked at keeping the way of life as close to their culture as possible and allowing the CDA Indians to dress as they have forever.  In the times of vanishing American Indians, Chief Morris Antelope fought for his peoples' rights and land."  

"Chief Morris Antelope" was dedicated on July 18, 2016.