New Huntington Park sculptures celebrate Native American history

New Huntington Park sculptures celebrate Native American history

The new Huntington Park sculpture “Salmon Chief” on artist Virgil “Smoker” Marchand's property

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 11:14 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Construction on Huntington Park is winding down for the season due to the weather, but not before a new sculpture would be installed Friday.

Artist Virgil “Smoker” Marchand was scheduled to deliver and place the “Salmon Chief” sculpture in the lower area of the renovated park with the help of Avista crews and cranes Friday afternoon. The other sculptures were to be placed in the park next spring.  

The artwork celebrates the role of Native Americans and the historic significance of the park as a long-time gathering place near the Spokane River’s Lower Falls. 

Marchand is a well-known and highly respected artist throughout the Northwest.

The public was invited to attend the installation of the sculpture beginning around 12 p.m.
 

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