American Island Animal Sculptures – Chamberlain SD

Description

WPA-funded animal sculptures have been moved from the CCC camp on American Island to Main Street in Chamberlain. A squirrel and coyote were placed outside the Chamberlain Swimming Pool, and two eagles sit on either side of the Avenue of Flags where it intersects Main St.

Godakota.com and americanislanddays.com make this note about the camp and sculptures:

“There was a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp located on American Island near Chamberlain, South Dakota. The camp workers were responsible for many of the improvements on the island and around Chamberlain in the 1930s and 40s. A photo taken by Orrion Barger seen in the book “Around Chamberlain Postcard History Series” by authors Gene and Alice Olson with Jan Cerney, show sculptures made by Andre Boratko. The sculptures were supported by a special Works Project Administration (WPA) artist fund. There were eagles, a coyote, a rabbit, a squirrel, and a fawn. Some of these sculptures can still be seen today at public parks in Chamberlain, SD.”

Source notes

http://www.godakota.com/history/ccc-camp.asp?camp-name=American-Island

http://www.americanislanddays.com/history-of-american-island.html

http://www.newdealartregistry.org/map/Chamberlain/SD/

Project originally submitted by Natalie Heneghan on August 13, 2014.

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Location Info


S Main Street
Chamberlain, SD 57325

Coordinates: 43.802098, -99.336230

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