Archive - Outdoor Sculpture
535 Barnhill Drive, Indianapolis, IN, 46202
Luminary was a sculpture installed at the IU Simon Cancer Center after extensive consultation with a group of cancer patients, families of cancer patients, caregivers and cancer survivors. It was designed to capture the spirit of hope, with a spherical design that represents an eternal flame, intended to evoke the light within each person. It was deinstalled in the summer of 2021.
The sculpture consisted of a sphere shape sculpture surrounded by a concrete wave design. The central sphere was made from thin tiles of onyx stone, specifically sardonyx, a variety of agate with reddish-brown dark and light bands of color. Each of the stone tiles ranged in size from 2 to 4 inches long with varying widths and are arranged in a swirling pattern. The sculpture was neutral in color with the stone varying from light flesh tone shades of beige to softer pink and reddish hues.At nighttime the central sphere is illuminated by an internal light source. The glow of this light shines through the thin opaque onyx and creates the appearance of a luminary, a body or object that gives light. Two large “waves” of concrete embrace the central sphere. These concrete supports are approximately 18 feet long and have a groove pattern that matches the flower beds surrounding the sculpture.
The artist, Jeff Laramore, was associated with, and the co-founder of, 2nd Globe Studios in Indianapolis at the time the work was commissioned. He is an Indiana native and a 1980 graduate of the design program at Herron School of Art, IUPUI. Laramore has created many corporate sculptures in his career that are simultaneously artworks, landmarks and investments.
Additional information is available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luminary_(Laramore)
Date created: 2008