Artist Morey Bean covers Civil War statue at Boulder County Courthouse

A Civil War soldier statue draped in a black cover in front of the Boulder County Courthouse on Pearl Street has sparked discussion and controversy since public artist Morey Bean covered it on Aug. 7.

Bean got a one-day permit from the county to place the cover over the statue in front of the courthouse, 1325 Peak St, as part of an art installation. Bean is an ally for Native Americans and a member of Right Relationship, a nonprofit that works with city and government leaders to provide education about Native Americans.

The statue depicts a member of 3rd Colorado Cavalry Regiment, whose soldiers fought in the Civil War and were involved in the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864, according to Michelle Krezek, chief of staff for the Boulder County Commissioners’ Office. During the massacre, volunteer soldiers attacked a Native encampment, killing 230 Indians, according to the National Park Services’ website.

Bean, who splits his time between New York and Boulder, said the art installation seeks to pay homage to the lives of Arapaho Indians, who were killed in the massacre, while also showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

About six chairs have been set up near the statue and Bean said he hoped to spark conversation about the installation.

Read more about the statue in our sister paper The Boulder Daily Camera.

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