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As part of the 2017 Indy Do Day, Indianapolis’ It’s My City coalition partnered with local artists and volunteers to create temporary and semi-permanent pavement murals throughout Indianapolis. Most of the murals were made of chalk and were designed to last just a few days, but as part of its neighborhood engagement efforts, Big Car Collaborative worked with artists to create murals in the Garfield Park neighborhood that would stay fresh-looking for up to a year.
Indianapolis-based artist William Denton Ray painted this mural for the Garfield Park Art Center in its large parking lot, originally the site of a swimming pool when the park was first built. The mural includes four 30′ x 10′ stylized leaves that are designed to be graphic in nature and also provide a visual direction towards the Art Center’s entrance, which can be difficult for patrons to find. The original design was a teal-green color; however, after the artist discussed the palette with the Friends of Garfield Park, the decision was made to change it to shades of red. The design was laid out by the artist and filled in by the staff of local digital marketing company Trendy Minds, with additional volunteers from Eli Lilly as part of the Lilly Global Day of Service on September 28. To finalize the design, Ray painted the white outlines to make all the reds pop.
Cottages of the Near Eastside / A Crossing Through...
The two sides of this simply-painted underpass mural highlight two of Indianapolis’ oldest Eastside residential areas. These neighborhoods were once home to the thousands of immigrants that flooded into Indianapolis during the late 19th and early 20th centuries in search of a fresh start.
Cottages of the Near Eastside, on the east wall of the underpass, showcases the facades of homes in the Holy Cross, Cottage Home and Windsor Park neighborhoods as well as in Fountain Square and irish Hill on the Southeast side. if you are familiar with the area, you can pick out the individual houses represented.
A Crossing through Irish Hill, on the west wall, depicts the history of the rail industry in Indianapolis since service first began in the mid-1800s. The Irish Hill neighborhood developed concurrently with the railway, and was historically considered one of the Midwest’s strongest Irish-American communities.
The artist, Jarryd Foreman, is an Indianapolis-based graphic and advertising designer. At the time of the mural’s commissioning, he worked for Angie’s List, headquartered adjacent to Irish Hill.
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.
This mural, located on Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore retail outlet, was one of several executed by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful as part of the inaugural Lilly Global Day of Service in 2008. The design doesn’t speak directly to Habitat’s work; rather, it envisions a world where there is plentiful housing that is attractive and well built. Features include the silhouette of the Indianapolis skyline and many hands holding construction tools.
The mural was designed by Vandra Pentecost Linder and painted by Linder with dozens of volunteers. Linder, a figurative painter, co-owns Linder Design, an Indianapolis-based design and mural painting business, and has executed many murals with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and other sponsors.
Healthy Living & Healthy Locales
This mural represents a series of healthy activities being enjoyed by a great diversity of people, and healthy places characterized by vibrant plant life. It was created as part of the inaugural Lilly Global Day of Service project, in conjunction with partners Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Manual High School, all of whom provided volunteer painting labor.
The mural concept and design was created by Andreas Sashegyi, a Lilly employee, and was adapted to the site by Vandra Pentecost Linder, an Indianapolis-based figurative painter and muralist.
Play is not just a frivolous pastime; it has the potential to serve as an important tool in numerous aspects of daily life for children and adults alike. Not only does play promote and aid in physical development, but it also aids in cognitive development and social skills. Simply thinking about play can bring a sense of relaxation and an opening of the mind to new possibilities.
Artist Carl Leck has tapped into the benefits of play for everyone, by offering fun memories of childhood in a bright and engaging underpass mural. Larger-than-life toys greet passers-by and bring a smile to their faces. The design was inspired by the horizontal concrete seams that cover the entire concrete area: he chose not to ignore them, but to convert them into oversized Lego blocks and use their regularity as a bold contrast to the soft, curvy elements of the toys.
Leck is an Indianapolis-based painter and graphic designer. For more information about his mural work, visit http://www.carlleck.net/about-web2011.htm
This mural at the Tube Factory Artspace was painted by the Big Car Collaborative and Lilly employees on the October 1, 2015 Lilly Day of Service.
You Are Hear
This mural of concentric rectangles with “you are hear” written in the center block was designed by local artist Nathaniel Russell and completed with Lilly employees on the 2015 Lilly Day of Service
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