Two panels mounted on the side of the Shi-Kay Lounge in the Little Flower neighborhood depict a field of calla lilies collaged with print materials, including sheet music and maps of the neighborhood. The mural is a temporary artwork commissioned by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful as part of their joint project Indy Art & Seek, on view from summer 2019 through December 2020.
The BRIDGE Collective is a membership organization composed of visual artists, DJs, and musicians dedicated to working together to improve their individual careers. The lead artist for Atlas Flower was Mike Graves, a printmaker, illustrator, and painter.
The Posy is carved with the words for “little flower” in Spanish, Irish, English, and German, in celebration of the Little Flower neighborhood’s diverse heritage. The words are FLORECITA, BLÁTHNAT, FLORETTE, & BLÜMCHEN, respectively. Of particular note is the artist’s technique on the edges where letters meet.
This sculpture was originally installed on this same location as part of the Indy Art & Seek project with the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. The property owner purchased it from the artist so it could continue to brighten the residential neighborhood.
Eastside-based sculptor Truman Edison has been carving Indiana limestone since 2017, including commissioned and personal work. He has long admired the craftsmanship and artistry of limestone that can be seen both in his Indianapolis hometown and across Indiana.
Whatever You Do...
This mural on the side of a train overpass bridge features a quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “Whatever you do may seem insignificant [to you] but it is most important that you do it.” The text is set against a blue background and accented by abstract natural forms.
When Hate is Loud, Love Must Be Louder
Indianapolis-based Jamie Locke created this mandala* to serve as a reminder, especially in these historically unprecedented times, that love, kindness, and compassion are key to moving forward towards justice, equality, equity, and oneness … to live together as one race, the human race. The artwork was donated to the Little Flower community after appearing for a year as a temporary installation with Indy Art & Seek, a 2020 project of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.
*Sanskrit for “circle,” an object of meditation intended to assist in one’s spiritual development
Jamie Locke is best known for her intricate hand-carved mandalas on wood, metal, glass and leather. A self-taught artist, Jamie is adept at taking a vision and turning it into reality. Her strength is in her hunger for creating, and exploring different methods and mediums, always bearing in mind that in the creative process the vision sometimes evolves into something completely unexpected. “For me, the process of creating a mandala is always one of inspired revelation, elemental surprise, and pure bliss.”
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