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Artist stands leaning against sculptural replica of himself in stone

Faisal Abdu’Allah handed his printmaking students a worksheet with an empty monument plinth on it.

“I’m giving you $750,000,” he prompted. “You have an opportunity to make a monument. Make a drawing of what you think that monument should be. Where would it be, what would it represent, what’s it made out of?”

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A cardboard cutout of the Vel Phillips statue planned for installation at the Capitol in 2024 (photo courtesy of Channel 3000).

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After a June 24, 2020 protest, the Forward statue outside of the Wisconsin state Capitol was defaced (photo by Nate Moll).

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(R) “Our Shared Future” plaque and (L) bronze badger statue by Harry Whitehorse (photos courtesy of UW Archives)

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(L) Col. Hans Christian Heg statue and (R) Abraham Lincoln statue (photos courtesy of Wikipedia Commons and Channel 3000).

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(L) Milele Chikasa Anana and (R) Blu3eprint by Faisal Abdu’Allah (left photo courtesy of Paulius Mustekis; right photo by Tim Burton).

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(L) Frances Huntley-Cooper and (R) the Chazen Museum of Art (left photo courtesy of Frances Huntley-Cooper; right photo by Mgolden).