Although there has been some art added to the town hall area and to Main Street in the Old Town section of Zionsville, Dahlia City is the first utility box to be authorized by the town for a painted mural. The theme, common to all the painted utility boxes in Zionsville, was Dahlia City, a name that Zionsville was known by in the 1930’s when there were two dahlia farms in the area. The gold medal at the 1933 World’s Fair was given to “Zion’s Pride”, a dahlia from one of the farms. A nearby street is also named Dahlia, so the location seemed a good choice for the artist’s rendition of the flower (in golden yellow–the color of the award-winning variety) on a deep blue background. The words “Dahlia City” appear on the west panel facing Zionsville Road.
Cynthia Young is a Zionsville-based painter and the executive director of the Sullivan-Munce Art Center. She received her art training at Ball State University and worked as an interior designer in Indianapolis before moving to Zionsville. Originally a spare-time painter, she participates in art fairs and community arts events.
Dancer in the Green Dress
Fountain Square’s Dancer in the Green Dress mural was designed and painted by 6Cents and Sacred317, the dynamic Indianapolis-based duo known nationwide as the Fantastic Aerosol Brothers or FAB Crew.
Dancer in the Green Dress is representative of the many unique characters 6Cents and Sacred317 have created over their 17 years together as a crew. Though both are trained in fine art and commercial design, graffiti art remains the driving force behind their creativity. The FAB Crew has been commissioned to create murals for Klipsch, the NFLPA, Hot Box Pizza, IndyGo (for whom they painted two buses), Red Bull, Pabst Blue Ribbon, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as well as many others.
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.
Deaf School Gateway
VSAI (now ArtMix) teaching artist, Barbara Zech, was a visiting artist with ISD art teacher Scotty Zwicker’s classes for years leading up to this project. They had a vision to create something on the Monon Trail to share Deaf culture with the community. The gateway was a Deaf-Hearing community collaboration in all aspects of design / planning, building, and development.
To create this sculpture, the artist led workshops with ISD students over the course of a school year and all K-12 students participated, with elementary students contributing the small hand designs and the middle and high school students creating the American Sign Language tiles. These tiles include signs for the alphabet, the days of the week, and numbers. The students hope that passers-by will try signing, and perhaps learn a sign as they appreciate this piece.
The gateway emulates the historic architecture of the main building on campus, and was designed by the artist in collaboration with a Deaf architect. Other partners in the project included CSO Architects and Shiel Sexton, while the plaza plantings and pavers were provided by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful through their IPL Project Greenspace program.
Barbara Zech is an Indianapolis-based ceramic artist. She earned her B.F.A. from the Herron School of Art in 1995 and exhibits regionally and nationally. In addition to her studio and public art work (both temporary and permanent), she is an active arts educator providing creative therapeutic experiences for people with disabilities. Zech has made numerous trips to Africa, where she co-founded a craft micro-enterprise for HIV+ individuals in Kenya, and she participated in the International Ceramic Workshop in Malawi. She served as a consultant to ISD to set up a fully equipped ceramic studio, and trained the art teacher on kiln firing and ceramics. This ceramics studio is part of the High School art studio and is still used today.
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.
From the beginning, the Developing mural concept was a collaborative effort. Stemming from the desire for a mural that paid tribute to Brownsburg history, the design emerged from discussions with project partners about including references synonymous with Brownsburg, including it’s architectural history, and even the little league baseball team and their accomplishments in the World Series.
During the discussions, one word that kept resurfacing was the word, “developing.” Brownsburg was physically developing, meaning some historic buildings were being replaced with modern construction. As one can imagine, many residents took issue with the demolition of the iconic buildings, thus the desire to pay homage to these beloved landmarks.
All these factors were considered, leading to the word “developing” taking on a slightly different meaning when applied to generating the mural’s design. Having attended art school before the digital age, photography was still taught in the darkroom, the artist, Barb Stahl, can vividly remember being in the darkroom and experiencing the excitement each time a new image would come into focus.
The mural, meant to look like a page from a photo album, features a photographer in his darkroom, developing an array of photos that depict scenes from Brownsburg history. The mural also includes 3D sculptural elements meant to mimic the rings in a binder-style photo album.
Barb Stahl is an accomplished muralist and fine artist based in Indianapolis.
Developing was created through a partnership between Jiffy Lube of Indiana and the Arts Council of Indianapolis. The partnership is an opportunity to showcase local artists, beautify commercial corridors with original public art murals, and encourage viewers through positive images while expressing the goals of Jiffy Lube’s programming: Growing People Through Work.
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/
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Divine Light was added to ‘Blake’s Garden,’ located next to the Conservatory in Garfield Park, in 2019. The painted metal piece, which features a deep blue sphere with colored flames rising from it, is a tribute to Blake Bowell, the son of Mark Bowell, the executive director of Friends of Garfield Park. The artist calls it a “representation of Blake Bowell’s life and his commitment to the Divine Light that will echo through eternity.” Blake Bowell died of brain cancer in 2017, at age 25. He had loved going to Garfield Park with his father during his lifetime.
The plaque by the sculpture states: “The occurrence of Divine Light is the aspect of divine presence. An ability of universal divinity or human beings to express themselves through spiritual means. Everyone has this light within them; once revealed it leads to a life filled with spiritual purification.” Additional text on the plaque describes Blake and his life.
Generous donations from Friends of Garfield Park and many individuals transformed an area next to the conservatory into a special garden for children, named for Blake. The sculpture was dedicated on July 31, 2019.
The artist, Kenzie Funk, attended Franklin Central High School with Blake’s sister, and then the Herron School of Art & Design at IUPUI.
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
This mural, located on the building housing the restaurant Bluebeard and Amelia’s Bakery, features a portrait of country music star Dolly Parton sporting prison-style tattoos referring to two of her most iconic works: the 1980 movie and song 9 to 5 and the 1973 song Jolene. There is also a teardrop tattoo under her right eye; this tattoo can have many meanings including mourning loss, but is frequently seen on prison inmates; the artist may have included it to make Parton look tough. The mural was created during an informal artist’s residency in Indianapolis in the summer of 2019.
Jules Muck, aka MuckRock, is a street artist from England who learned her craft in the 1990s from Lady Pink and many other legends of graffiti and hip-hop culture. After working extensively in New York, she moved to Venice, California in 2008. She currently works nationally and internationally, with major works in various locations including Miami’s famous Wynwood district, produced with Art Basel Miami. MuckRock’s street works are both invited and unsanctioned, and she has created work for gallery exhibitions.
Don't Forget Us
Artist Nathan Pierce created this bright red sculpture in 2014. Made of epoxy-coated steel, the sculpture represents an abstracted communications satellite and, as such, is about communication and connectivity. The artist states, “Please imagine this sculpture as the answer to connecting with those who are far away from us, both mentally and physically. Being able to understand one another helps us build a stronger scene of community and place.”
It was installed on April 15, 2019 as part of the ongoing White River State Park sculpture exhibition and will be on view until 2022. Several additional pieces of the artist’s work are on view at the IU-Kokomo campus and the Kokomo Sculpture Walk, until 2021.
A native of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Pierce learned the value of craftsmanship and working with one’s hands from his father, a third-generation stonemason. His sculptures reflect not only his personal interest in architectural forms, but also a belief that communication plays a fundamental role in our perceptions of the world we live in. Pierce’s work often speaks of the tension between freedom and confinement, and he explores what he feels creates that tension: building or destroying communication.
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
Downtown Doggie Murals
A colorful pack of dogs look out from behind curtains at the vibrant words “Dream Big” in this collaborative community mural. Phanomen Designs created the mural from ideas generated by 8th-grade students at Paramount School of Excellence. The mural was painted by Paramount students, Holy Cross neighbors, and volunteers. The project was a partnership between Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA), the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association, Paramount School of Excellence, and the small business Downtown Doggie with support from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
Phanomen Designs is a commercial interior design firm with a partnership-oriented design philosophy based in Indianapolis.
Sheridan, IN-based artist Steve Wooldridge is known for his minimal, delicately balanced sculptures featuring scuffed stainless steel and geometric shapes. Dragonfly displays all of these elements, describing its namesake insect without reproducing it exactly and providing the essence of its form without a hint of representation.
Wooldridge studied art at the Dayton Art Institute and the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. He has been creating and exhibiting his work in Indiana and nationally since the late 1960s.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, stay-at-home orders kept people inside to slow the spread of the virus. To make art accessible to the community despite this, 10 East Arts featured “View From My Window,” a roving window art exhibition for the months of May and June 2020 with work from local artists on view in storefront windows along East 10th Street.
This art Installation by Emily Gable of Bootleg Sign Company features two funky abstract people, one of whom is wearing rollerskates.
Bootleg Sign Company is a small business owned and operated by Emily Gable that hand-paints signs and murals in Indianapolis. Gable is from Peru, Indiana and graduated from Herron School of Art and Design before starting Bootleg Sign Company in 2017.
This weathered and twisted driftwood sculpture in the yard of a private home sits within a peaceful green garden.
Duty - Honor - Sacrifice
Indianapolis Professional Firefighters Local 416, in partnership with F.A. Wilhelm Construction, unveiled the sculpture Duty – Honor – Sacrifice on February 16, 2017. The cast-bronze sculpture was installed on the grounds of the newly renovated Local 416 campus and was donated by F.A. Wilhelm Construction as a permanent tribute and thank-you to Indianapolis firefighters and their service to the city. Duty – Honor – Sacrifice serves as a daily reminder of the 350 on-duty firefighters protecting Indianapolis each day.
Duty – Honor – Sacrifice was created by IFD active-duty firefighter and local artist, Ryan Feeney. As the owner and founder of Indy Art Forge, Feeney and his team create custom sculptures and furniture out of metal. Other pieces done by Feeney in the Indianapolis area include the Peace Dove sculpture for the Indianapolis Central Library, the Fallen Deputy Memorial located in front of the Marion County Jail, and the Bronze Eagle that can be found at the Indianapolis 9/11 Memorial. Feeney has been a firefighter in Indianapolis since 2002.
This mural is painted on the south facing wall of the building that at the time of creation housed the ‘Indy Hound’ doggie daycare facility. The design is informed by nearby architecture, city planning, urban infrastructure, and is an attempt at capturing the visual experience of being a human within a massive modern city, through the artist’s own perceptions. The design features stark teals and oranges to complement one another, and certain tones were chosen to liven up the nearby area while representing abstracted urban structures lit with warm summer light.
Nick Smith, who paints under the name Nick Abstract, is an Indianapolis-based artist who is colorblind. Specializing in urban abstraction, Nick dedicates his works to his younger brother Sean who has an autism spectrum disorder. His works are inspired by architectural geometries in contemporary infrastructure with stylistic nods to graphic design and style writing.
Indianapolis-based street artist Matthew Aaron uses dynamite in many of his artworks, including this mural. To Aaron, dynamite is provocative and has both negative and positive connotations.
Matthew Aaron is a musician, writer, and visual artist based in Indianapolis. His street-art-influenced mural style often incorporates a signature element of a dynamite stick. In 2019 he collaborated with Al Diaz, best known as half of the duo SAMO (with Jean-Michel Basquiat), to bring SAMO-tagged street art to Indianapolis’ Fletcher Place neighborhood.
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