Circle City

Circle City




 (317) 631-3301 ext. 214

 Canal and Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN, 46202

This two-part mosaic mural, bookending the bridge at the Vermont Street basin of the Downtown Canal, consists of hundreds of handcrafted tiles meant to create a visual dialogue between the viewer and the environment. The circular motif mirrors the ripples and waves of the water and the colors reflect the rich palette of the canal area. Zech created and glazed the tiles in her studio and hand-applied them to the bridge site.

The artist, Barbara Zech, works out of her Indianapolis, IN studio. She exhibits locally and nationally, and travels often for art-related ventures. She has made numerous trips to Africa, where she co-founded a craft micro-enterprise for HIV+ individuals in Kenya; and participated in the International Ceramic Workshop in Malawi. Zech’s original ceramic wall pieces and handcrafted custom tile can be found in residential and public spaces, including Community North Hospital and Simon Cancer Center. Her community tile installations can be seen at several area schools, such as the Indiana Deaf School’s Monon sculpture made up of American Sign Language tiles. Read more about the artist at

The mural installation comprises two of 46 murals commissioned by the Arts Council of Indianapolis as part of its nationally renowned 46 for XLVI mural initiative.

Medium type: Ceramic - Mosaic

Date created: 2011

Location Info

Canal and Vermont St

Canal and Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN, 46202