A life-size dream catcher was found Sunday after being removed from its installation near Chapel earlier this week.
Lizzy Moyer, a sophomore at PLNU made the dream catcher for her sculpture class. On Thursday, she hung the dream catcher on the tree across from the commuter lot, in the center of the roundabout with ground crew’s help.
Saturday morning, Moyer went outside to take a photo of the dream catcher and saw that it was gone.
In a Yik Yak posting Friday evening, which has now been deleted, someone said they were going to cut the dream catcher down at midnight.
When Public Safety was notified that the dream catcher was missing, they tried to find out what happened.
In the meantime Moyer posted on social media.
“I don’t know what happened to it and would love it if anyone could give me any info as to where they may have seen it,” said Moyer on Facebook. “The unending hours spent on it was meant to give people something to ponder at.”
Students, like senior Ciana King responded to Moyer’s Facebook post.
“I saw this yesterday and thought it was so amazing! I’m so sorry it’s missing! Do you think someone from the administration took it down possibly?” said King.
Other students, like junior environmental science major Krista Sechler, appreciated the art’s value.
“That dream catcher was someone’s art, and it obviously took a lot of hard work to create,” said Sechler.
Moyer searched PLNU’s campus trying to find the dream catcher. On Sunday afternoon, Moyer found the dream catcher in the art department.
“I don’t know who put the dream catcher back in the art department or when,” said Moyer. “I had permission from grounds to hang it up.”
It took Moyer around nine hours to make the dream catcher.
A trip Moyer’s family took ten years ago to Southwest Colorado inspired her to make it.
“I’ve been dying to live on an Indian reservation [during the] summer,” said Moyer. “It would be cool to be disconnected from technology and immerse myself in their traditions.”
Traditionally, dream catchers are hung over pillows at night to catch bad dreams and eliminate them from people’s minds.
By making the giant dream catcher, Moyer wanted to draw attention to the Native American tradition and show the importance of them. According to Moyer, the reasons behind their traditions are often overlooked.
Moyer didn’t expect her dream catcher to get the amount of attention it did.
“It was just another fun project for me,” said Moyer.