Battle of the Bands
Located in the bistro area of the Greenwood/Bargersville Kroger supermarket, Battle of the Bands was designed by Andy Fry and painted by volunteers from the Greenwood and Bargersville communities. The mural was inspired by the importance of their marching bands to Greenwood Community High School and Center Grove High School: their awards records generate school pride and performances show off individual and group talent, and their musicianship is unquestioned. More importantly, though, the marching bands and color guards embody crucial values like persistence, teamwork, discipline, camaraderie, and tradition. One has only to visit Johnson County to recognize how important those values are to maintaining its fine community spirit.
Big Car Collaborative is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit arts organization and collective of artists that focuses on creative placemaking and socially engaged art. Their mission is to “bring art to people and people to art, sparking creativity in lives to help communities thrive.” Among their many activities are projects that enable people to make art together, whether in the civic commons, in community spaces, or through their own facilities. Big Car was started in 2004 and currently works out of the Tube Factory Artspace in Indianapolis’ Garfield Park neighborhood. Read more about their work at http://www.bigcar.org
Color the County - Greenwood
Colorful circles and tree mural painted as part of the Johnson County Community Foundation’s 25th anniversary. In 2016, three murals were installed in three different cities and towns in Johnson County.
“Iris” by Scott Westphal was purchased by the City of Greenwood for the Government Center.
Prior to its purchase, the piece was displayed as part of the 2014-2016 “Art on the Trailway” project. The bi-annual project is one of the Greater Greenwood Arts Council projects in partnership with the Greenwood Parks & Recreation Department. Awards are given to the artist for two-year loan of the sculpture.
Originally, the piece sat along the sidewalk on the 600 Block of North Delaware Street in Indianapolis.
Landing, by Florida artist Cecilia Lueza, is a kinetic sculpture that points out the concepts of femininity, innocence, and freedom.
The Greater Greenwood Arts Council, in collaboration with the City of Greenwood Parks and Recreation Department, installs public artwork by nationally known artists along Polk Hill Trail to enhance the community’s quality of life and improve economic development. Landing was on view in the 2013-2014 exhibition.
Argentine-born, American-based artist and sculptor, Cecilia Lueza, studied visual arts at the University of La Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since 2000 she has been working on a variety of public art projects as well as private and public art commissions in many cities throughout the United States. Her work was been exhibited at Art Miami, Arteamericas, and Scope Miami, and she completed has public art pieces in Indianapolis, Fort Lauderdale, Tucson, and Norfolk. Read more about the artist at http://www.lueza.com/ .
At first glance, Point Defiance appears to be a huge rust-colored boulder perched on a silvery mountain peak, but it is, in reality a depiction of a bear. Artist Beth Nybeck deliberately plays with viewers’ expectations by minimizing the bear-like features. The work could refer to Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Washington, which houses a zoo among other attractions. In the late 1930s, the zoo experienced two high-profile grizzly bear escapes (explained here: http://postdefiance.com/the-great-grizzly-escape/).
The Greater Greenwood Arts Council, in collaboration with the City of Greenwood Parks and Recreation Department, installs public artwork by nationally known artists along Polk Hill Trail to enhance the community’s quality of life and improve economic development. Point Defiance was on view in the 2013-2014 exhibition.
Nybeck also created Crescendo, a community-participation artwork on view at the Indianapolis Art Center.
Beth Nybeck received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Northern Iowa. She lives and works in the Crossroads Arts District in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri. Read more about her at http://www.bethnybeck.com/ .
The Greater Greenwood Arts Council, in collaboration with the City of Greenwood Parks and Recreation Department, regularly installs public artwork by locally- and nationally-recognized artists along Polk Hill Trail to enhance the community’s quality of life and improve economic development. This artwork was purchased by the City of Greenwood out of the 2012-2014 cycle.
John Merigian grew up in urban Detroit and specializes in figurative public sculpture. As a high school student he studied with sculptor Michael Hall at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and later received his B.F.A. from the University of Michigan. He also has a M.F.A. in Sculpture from Wayne State University. Merigian’s work has been exhibited extensively in national and regional shows, is represented in galleries, and is in private collections around the nation. He lives in Detroit, Michigan.
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