Veterans Memorial Obelisk
Veteran’s Memorial Plaza, once known as Obelisk Square, is located immediately north of the Indiana War Memorial. The Obelisk and Fountain rise from the center of the plaza, while flagpoles bearing the flags of each of the 50 United States stand on the east and west sides. Completed in 1930, the park was originally a broad concrete square, but was converted into a landscaped park with trees in 1976 as part of the celebration of America’s Bicentennial. In 2004, the park was again reconfigured to return the ‘line of sight’ aspect of the original architects’ plan. Large ordinance pieces, including tanks and eight World War I German cannons, originally sat at the outside corners of the plaza. During World War II, six of the cannons were melted down for scrap metal. The remaining cannons were moved to new locations when the plaza was converted into a park in the mid-1970s.
Centrally located in the plaza are the Obelisk and Fountain. The Obelisk is a 100-foot shaft of black Berwick granite, ornamented at its base with four bronze bas-relief tablets, each four by eight feet. The Obelisk represents “the hopes and aspirations of the nation, a symbol of the power of nature to reproduce and continue the life of the country.” The tablets represent the four fundamentals on which the nation’s hopes are founded: Law, Science, Religion, and Education. They were set into place in the fall of 1929 under the supervision of Henry Hering, the primary sculptor of the plaza. The pinnacle of the Obelisk is covered with gold leaf. The fountain is 100 feet in diameter and made from pink Georgia marble and terrazzo.
Henry Hering (1874-1949) was a New York-based architectural sculptor well known for his allegorical figures in traditional Beaux Arts and Art Deco style. His work can be found in most major U.S. cities.
Vibe Street is named for the way the colors in the piece create vibrant, visual harmonies and for the way the traffic vibrates overhead. It is a multicolor, striped composition comprised of more than 600 six-inch vertical stripes. Causey created the piece using 18 colors found in the surrounding environment.
Every color in Vibe Street is dependent on the others, finding its depth or brightness in contrast to those next to it. As the eye travels back and forth over the piece, colors seem to light up from section to section.
Funding for Vibrant Corridors, a city-wide effort to create murals in key underpasses and gateways around downtown Indianapolis, is provided in part by the Lilly Foundation and the Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and Downtown Indy.
This mural was completed during the 2014 Lilly Global Day of Service with the help of more than 200 Lilly Employees.
The work of Greg Hull often involves movement, even incorporating light into some of his pieces. Both of these are evident in Vicarious (although the lights only come on at night). Vicarious was influenced by Hull’s visit to Scotland and Ireland, countries where his heritage lay. What relationships between Scotland and Ireland can you make to this installation? Hull also has a large installation in the parking garage at the Indianapolis International Airport.
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Vietnam War Memorial
Designed by Indiana-born architect Patrick Brunner, this unique memorial dedicated to two different wars is made from one large cylinder that is divided proportionally to represent the number of casualties from each war. The Vietnam section of the memorial is slightly larger than the Korean section. The two sections are placed across from one another on the American Legion Mall, representing the distance in time between the two wars. Excerpts of letters written by Hoosier soldiers to family and friends at home are engraved on the convex sides of the cylinder sections, one of the most powerful components of this memorial.
Artist Eric Nordgulen created these three figural forms in 1996. Serving as visual links between downtown’s buildings and pedestrians, the artworks contain lenses that reflect images of surrounding architecture and passing foot traffic.
Villagers Bell Tower
There were 80 villagers who went to the school which was located on the site at the turn of the century. The school had a bell in a small tower that was rung three times a day. This project, honors the heart of that community the the history of the school, also has 80 bells (that move with the wind). All materials and labor were donated by the community. The bells were cut-out and welded by a local trade school. All the art (160 images) was created by the students.
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