The canoe is all set to move to its new and final home: Dejope Residence Hall on the UW-Madison campus. The move will happen in one week, on Tuesday, May 27, around midday. We are looking forward to welcoming Wayne and so many others who helped on the canoe. The canoe will be paddled from the future site of the UW Alumni Park next to Memorial Union down to Dejope Hall.
The wall mounts are all ready to receive the canoe inside Dejope Hall. The canoe will be visible in a prominent location, on the threshold between the Four Lakes Market and the dining area. This area looks out over Lake Mendota and the canoe will be visible from the Lakeshore Path. The canoe will bring an Ojibwe presence to the building’s art installations and be an enduring symbol of the importance of indigenous peoples in Wisconsin’s past, present, and future.
We would like to thank all of the people in University Housing who have been working hard in the last weeks to prepare for the canoe’s installation. In addition to the canoe, two plaques will be hung: one containing information on the canoe, and the other to commemorate the artist and thank the donors who have made this installation possible:
- Philippe and Julie COQUARD family
- Wisconsin Alumni Association
- UW-Madison Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
- UW-Madison Division of University Housing
Miigwetch to everyone who has been part of the project and see you soon!