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Statue dedicated to SLU demonstrations being commissioned

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – St. Louis University is commissioning a statue to commemorate the demonstrations that took place on campus last fall.

For six days in October, demonstrators set up tents in what became known as the “Occupy SLU” protest in response to the deaths of Michael Brown and VonDerrit Myers.

“It was impossible to miss, it was a big moment,” said student Jonathan Pulphus.

Many students told News4 they think a statue is an appropriate way to mark what they call a historic time for their campus.

“I think it would be a good idea because having that action happen on campus really started a dialogue with our students and the community,” said Kelsey Sparr.

The university has commissioned Kyle and Kelly Phelps to design the sculpture. The twin brothers are well known for their works that usually focus on race and the working class.

The University says this statue will “capture the spirit and importance of the demonstration and encampment at Saint Louis University.”

But the questions over what exactly it will be, have some concerned. 

"What kind of statue are they going to put? I think it depends,” said one student.

There are statues all over the campus and some say no matter what it looks like, all that matters is that it’s out in the open.

“People should see it as a positive thing, if they have any dissent over it they should really look at the campus at the other statues,” said Pulphus.

The University says design work has begun but there is no decided concept for the piece. There also is no budget set for how much it will cost. Causing some to wonder if it’s the best use of their tuition dollars.

“I feel like there’s more important things it should go to,” said one student.

The decision to commission the statue was one of the 13 initiatives the University agreed to last fall following the protests.

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