The Ka-Bike-O-Scope, an interactive public sculpture created by Quincy Owens and Luke Crawley in partnership with The daVinci Pursuit, is located on Pleasant Run trail near the Barth Bridge.
The Ka-Bike-O-Scope is a large scale, group kaleidoscopic kinetic sculpture consisting of a stationary bike-like base that when pedaled causes canopies of overlapping up-cycled bicycle wheels 18 feet in the air to spin. A user can either ride the attached stationary bike or turn the hand cranks (or both) to activate the bicycle wheels in the canopy. Colorful acrylics are fitted between the overhead spokes creating chromatic natural reflections during the day and LED generated ones at night. The sculpture allows passersby to playfully explore the principles of energy conversion, simple machines and the properties of light.
Masterminded by professional artist Quincy Owens and physicist Luke Crawley, the Ka-Bike-O-Scope is the culmination of a community-wide design competition created to use the arts to bring basic science concepts to neighborhood residents and beyond. Children from local schools have participated in attaching the colored plastic panels into the up-cycled bicycle wheels while learning the physics concepts. A curriculum is being used by area schools to further the exploration of the physics concepts.
Kempr, kemp, or kempe is a common artistic graffiti tag that can be found around Indianapolis in a variety of styles and colors. This large tag with red block letters set against a black shadow and a teal and orange background has a retro style.
Three sports-themed sculptures by artist Jorge Blanco grace the roundabouts at Main Street, 116th St., and 126th St. on Hazel Dell Parkway in Carmel. The powder coated aluminum figures were installed to pay homage to the youth sports taking place in the many nearby athletic fields and green spaces. Kick, Home Run, and On Wheels were all installed in 2017.
Kick features two characters in bright, primary colors contesting for an airborne soccer ball. From the profile side, the characters look simple and two- dimensional, but from the front and rear, the piece can be seen to be made up of multiple layers of aluminum with spacers adding dimension.
Jorge Blanco is a Venezuelan-born sculptor based in Sarasota, Florida. His work, characterized by simple shapes, bright colors, and narrative immediacy, are installed in public and private collections internationally.
Kilroy's Broad Ripple Mural
The imagery of this mural reflects the vibrant atmosphere of Broad Ripple Village, particularly its youth culture. It was painted in 2012 to help prevent tagging of the wall by providing something fun and interesting to look at. The Kilroy’s logo appears along with the “Kilroy” character, a bald man seen as if peeking over the logo. The limited color palette gives it an intriguing graphic look.
The character of “Kilroy” dates back to World War II, where it was a common graffiti image drawn by American GI’s in Europe. It originated simply with the phrase “Kilroy Was Here,” possibly derived from a military legend, and used as a joking way of indicating that the GI’s had passed through. The accompanying image became linked to the phrase after contact with British soldiers, and was likely derived from their own ubiquitous graffiti character they called “Mr. Chad.”
The artist, Barbara Stahl, has been painting murals in Indianapolis since the early 1990s, in addition to creating fine art as a studio artist.
King at Rest
This bronze sculpture of a realistic lion resting on a rock was acquired and installed by the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium organization in 2001, although it was originally cast in 1988. It is located near the northwest entrance to the Indiana Convention Center. Made of bronze, the sculpture seems more realistic because of its two-tone patina scheme. The hair of the lion is patinated black, while the body and the rock are patinated brown. (patina is different from paint; a patina is a surface treatment that becomes integral to the bronze material and is more durable, while paint simply lies on top of the bronze surface and can peel off)
The artist, Lorenzo Ghiglieri, lives in Portland, Oregon and is a former combat artist. He specializes in realistic animal sculptures, and prides himself that all of his work is positive and uplifting. Read more about him at http://www.art-lorenzo.com/about.html
For more information about the artwork, visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_at_Rest
King Dough Mask Mural
Many public artworks were created to encourage mask-wearing in order to control the spread of disease during the 2020-21 COVID-19 pandemic, during which millions of people worldwide died. This mural of a dog and wine bottle wearing masks by Emily Gable of Bootleg Sign Company is a more whimsical take on the mask-wearing message.
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.
The classic hard rock band KISS (1973- ) is honored in this mural that substitutes adorable kittens for the theatrical and somewhat startling costumed characters that make up the group. The kittens’ markings replicate the band members’ trademark makeup, and one kitten’s tongue is hanging out in homage to the band’s leader Gene Simmons, who often made the same gesture. The mural was painted during an informal artist’s residency 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.
Koch's Electric Graffiti Wall
As one of the few sanctioned graffiti walls left in Indianapolis, IN, Koch’s Electric graffiti wall stands as a testament to the talent of the young, aspiring graffiti community as well as the more well-known graffiti writers in the area. Constantly changing, this living wall has represented the very nature of the art form and the state of graffiti in Indianapolis since 2003.
The Healing Garden at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital is intended as a quiet, reflective area, for patients to wander through or to sit and enjoy green space and a bubbling fountain. Its unifying theme is Koi Pond, a multi-element artwork that spreads throughout the garden, centered on a 5-ft-wide dome-shaped sculpture carved with images of koi fish, lily pads, and water lilies. The sculpture is a “finger labyrinth,” meant to be handled and its winding spaces traced as an aid to calming the mind. The visual themes and finger labyrinth function are also carried out on square bench ends that blend with the limestone seating.
Amy Brier is a Bloomington, IN-based sculptor specializing in carved limestone. Her work combines traditional carving techniques with contemporary ideas such as public interaction and image appropriation. In addition to producing independent and commissioned sculpture, she is the co-founder and director of the internationally-recognized Indiana Limestone Symposium, which annually brings artists from across North America, Europe, and Asia to Indiana.
Korean 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.
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