The Central Figure - Civilization: Lewis T. Ives, of Detroit, produced a rival sketch of a simpler, more direct concept. He used many of Wehner's ideas; in fact, he had probably consulted with Wehner. His grouping was of three female figures, a standing Michigan flanked by the seated Agriculture and Commerce.
In the final sculpture, the central figure, a woman in Indian dress, represents Michigan. Indian weapons, which she has cast away, are lying to her side, and in her right hand she holds a volume which she is offering to her people. At her right hand are a globe and evidence of the arts.