815 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46202
This public artwork is comprised of multiple sections of brushed stainless steel that are welded and bolted together. Resting atop four extended legs is a baby’s high chair. This high chair cradles the midsection of a cross. At the head of the cross are two bronze objects: a baby and a cast of the “Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary.” The sculpture is signed “DLC” at the bottom spine of the dictionary. The sculpture is bolted to a rectilinear concrete pad. A signpost in front of the sculpture reads: “Derek Chalfant / “Mother’s Helper” // Herron School of Art”.
Derek Chalfant was born in Danville, Indiana, and received his B.F.A. from the Herron School of Art, IUPUI, in 1990. He subsequently earned his M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1994. In 1995 he served as a sculpture instructor at Herron and taught at Notre Dame from 1995-2003. He has been teaching Art and Art History at Elmira College in Elmira, New York, since 2003.
Date created: 2005