Dancing in the Rain
Lilly Oncology on Canvas (LOOC) has provided individuals affected by cancer with an opportunity to share their stories through art and narrative. Since its founding in 2004, in partnership with the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, thousands of LOOC participants have been inspired to share their journey with countless others. For more information, visit http://www.lillyoncology.com/support-resources/lilly-oncology-on-canvas.html
This mural was designed by an anonymous health care professional from California. It tells the story of how cancer is the sudden storm that shatters the summer day. Through the pelting rains, the grayness of the sky, and cold winds, a traveler who is forced to set aside all their plans cries out “Will this storm never end? Will the sun ever shine again?” It’s is only when hope whispers softly to the weary traveler that they are able to began to learn how to dance in the rain.
Day and Night Where the Sidewalk Ends
Inspired by the classic children’s poem “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein, local artist Charity M. Counts and her 5-yr-old son, Max Hopkins, collaborated on a design to transform the north and south sides of the 29th Street and I-65 underpass into two whimsical worlds.
The north side depicts a child’s transition to imaginary lands from a dreary reality, a relatively literal interpretation of the experience as described in Silverstein’s poem and featuring elements designed by Max. The south side answers the question Charity and Max posed: What happens when the sun goes down where the sidewalk ends? It takes the viewer on a journey with the moon-bird who, after resting during the day, takes flight over a moonlit fantasy landscape.
In addition to being an artist, Charity Counts was the Executive Director of the Association of Midwest Museums at the time of the Artwork’s creation, and the former Associate Vice President of Exhibitions at The Children’s Museum in Indianapolis. She and Max have collaborated on artistic projects for most of Max’s life. The artists live in Fishers, IN.
Depew Memorial Fountain
Depew Memorial Fountain is a freestanding fountain completed in 1919 and located in University Park in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana within the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza.
The fountain is composed of multiple bronze figures arranged on a five-tier Stony Creek pink granite base with three basins. The bronze sculptures depict fish, eight children dancing, and a woman on the topmost tier dancing and playing cymbals. The overall dimensions are approximately 25 x 45 x 45 feet (14 m).
A memorial plaque is located on south side of the large granite basin. It reads:
Depew Memorial Fountain. A gift to Indianapolis from Emma Ely Depew in memory of her husband Richard Johnson Depew M.D. whose long and honorable life was spent in untiring service to his fellow men.
University Park was redesigned in 1914 by George Edward Kessler for the park and boulevard system he had developed for the city of Indianapolis. Depew Fountain was an original component of the plan and was designed by the sculptor Karl Bitter in the same year.
The Depew Memorial Fountain was commissioned in memory of Dr. Richard J. Depew by his wife, Emma Ely, following Dr. Depew’s death in 1887. When Mrs. Depew died in 1913, she had bequeathed $50,000 from her estate to the city of Indianapolis for the erection of a fountain in memory of her husband “in some park or public place where all classes of people may enjoy it.”
An information plaque, located on the north side of the fountain, reads:
This fountain is the culmination of work by three noted figures in late-19th-century and early 20th-century public art. The original design was created by Karl Bitter, who was killed in a traffic accident in 1915 before the work could be realized. Following Bitter’s overall design, Alexander Stirling Calder created the bronze figures and the fountain. Henry Bacon, a well-known landscape architect, designed the fountain’s setting.
In 1926 young women from the Albertina Rasch ballet performed an interpretive dance around the fountain, mimicking the bronze sculptures thereon, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the fountain.
Quoted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depew_Memorial_Fountain
Don Gummer: Back Home Again is presented by the Central Indiana Community Foundation in honor of the 100th anniversary of The Indianapolis Foundation and in partnership with the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. This outdoor exhibition is located on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and it features eight sculptures by Indianapolis-native, New York-based artist Don Gummer.
The artist, Don Gummer, was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1946. When he was seven years old Gummer and his family moved to Indianapolis, Indiana. As he grew up in Indianapolis he attended Ben Davis High School where he demonstrated his artistic talent by winning local awards. Gummer attended Herron School of Art in Indianapolis before moving to Boston, Massachusetts to attend School of the Museum of Fine Arts. From Boston, he went on to Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he completed both his Bachelor of Fine Art and his Masters of Fine Arts.
Gummer prefers that each individual bring their own interpretation to Desert House and his other sculptures along the Cultural Trail. Don Gummer: Back Home Again runs from August 31, 2016 to August 7, 2017.
Inspired by Lalique crystals, Mendieta’s mural depicts a woman emerging from water. For the artist, the mural references the breaking of planes: planes found in work, relationships and life. Dimensional Shadows represents the importance of self-empowerment.
The mural was one of 46 murals commissioned by the Arts Council of Indianapolis as part of its nationally renowned 46 for XLVI mural initiative.
Dimensions and Trigrams
The design of this mural features mandalas (symbolic diagrams of the cosmos) in a dimensional progression from 1-5, beginning with the 1st dimension and moving on the the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th in order. The design also features ancient symbols called trigrams–markings arranged in three rows, with each marking unique to a specfic universal concept–that correspond and progress with the dimensions.
Dimensions and Trigrams was part of a grassroots experimental program artist Andrew Severns had created with Lisa Boyles to inspire “Harmony through Geometry.” Severns theorized that the innate order of geometrical shapes, arranged in meaningful patterns with logical color schemes, can improve communities’ sense of well-being, beautify neighborhoods, and inspire productive communication.
For more information please go to https://shawndramiller.com/2014/11/04/many-hands/
For artist information, visit https://www.facebook.com/andrewsevernsart and https://twitter.com/SevernsCanon
The sculpture is a symbolic, rather than accurate, representation of Deoxyribonucleic acid, (DNA), the blueprint of life. DNA is a double-helix molecule, and its distinctive shape is often described as a twisted ladder. The outside of the twisted ladder is composed of sugar and phosphate groups, while the rungs, or steps, of the ladder are formed by two nucleobases connecting to each other via hydrogen bonds. The sculpture is composed of 1,200 blown-glass globes and weighs a total of 3,000 pounds. Each globe has a different texture and weighs between 1 and 2 pounds. The mauve, green and blue globes represent the four nucleobases, while the yellow globes represent the double helix, or sugar and phosphate group, to which the bases are attached. The glass is held in place by a steel armature that is painted blue. The base support of the sculpture is surrounded and protected by a 5′ tall circular cherry wood base that is 5’5" in diameter. DNA Tower was commissioned to commemorate both the 100th anniversary of the IU School of Medicine (founded 1903) and the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of the DNA molecule (discovered 1953) by 1950 IU alumnus James D. Watson and his colleague Francis Crick.
Additional info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA_Tower
Dot to Dot
Close to the west entrance of the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center is artist Shawn Phillip Morin’s sculpture, Dot to Dot, made of granite, steel, and stainless steel. Morin, who received his MFA in sculpture from the University of Georgia at Athens, now heads the sculpture program at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Morin’s work has been widely exhibited and collected throughout the U.S.
Quoted from: www.uindy.edu/arts/dot-to-dot
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