Spokane, WA

Spokane Arts, in partnership with artist Ryan Feddersen, will lead a community-enacted temporary mural, “900* Horses,” at the Tribal Gathering Place at Huntington Park, June 20 through 28, 2015.

In 1858, a herd of 800-1000 horses were separated from the Coeur d’Alene, Spokane and Palouse tribes and slaughtered under orders of U.S. Army Col. George Wright. “900* Horses” is a memorial to commemorate those horses and acknowledge the monumental loss as part of our region's history.

Participants are invited to honor the horses by claiming a single figure of a horse to illustrate with care using liquid chalk. Together, through concentrated attention on creating an effigy for each of the approximately 900 horses, the memorial will symbolically recognize the individual lives, the scale of the event, and its significance.

Friday through Sunday: 10am to 4pm
Monday through Thursday: Noon to 4pm.

This event is intended for all ages. Please supervise children who are too young to participate without guidance.

This project is sponsored by Spokane Arts in partnership with City of Spokane Park Department and with the generous support of a gift from the Jewett-Gill Fund at the Inland Northwest Community Foundation. 

Ryan Elizabeth Feddersen, (b.1984) Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (Okanogan / Arrow Lakes) is a mixed media installation artist residing in Seattle, WA. Ryan’s work is characterized by a sense of exploration and experimentation. Her work utilizes interactivity to invite the viewer to investigate and engage with the irrationalities and hypocrisies of contemporary American culture. Ryan has created several large-scale interactive installations including pieces for Bumbershoot, the Henry Gala, Joe Bar, and Strange Coupling. Ryan’s work can be seen in upcoming exhibitions and events; Native American Retrospective, Museum of Northwest Art; and Seattle Presents: Ryan Feddersen, Seattle Municipal Gallery.