It was the Seneca Indians who gave the city of Canandaigua its name, referring to it as "the chosen spot." Today, that legacy was honored with the unveiling of a statue by retired Finger Lakes Community College art professor Wayne Williams.

The seven foot statue, atop a four foot base, depicts a Seneca husband returning from a hunt, his wife and two children. It's at the intersection of Routes 5 & 20 and 332. In his invocation, statue committee member Dick McKie recounted a traditional Seneca saying.



Peter Jemison, Director of the Ganondagan State Historical Site in Victor, offered greetings in the Seneca language.



Committee chair Peter Mulvaney talked about the Canandaigua treaty of 1794, which brought together the six nations of the Iroquois.



The annual treaty commemoration takes place this afternoon. Canandaigua Mayor Ellen Polimeni says the idea of creating a series of public artworks in the city began in 1998.



Sculptor Wayne Williams tells Finger Lakes News Radio about the process of creating the statue.



An exhibit of Williams' work is being shown in the Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 at FLCC.

You can hear the entire statue ceremony below.























































Sculptor Wayne Williams addresses the audience at the unveiling

Committee members and local officials at the unveiling

 
 
 
 
 
Plaque at the base of the statue






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