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This installation is located east of the small park at N. Post Road and Hawkins Road in Lawrence, In.
Paid for by Fort Harrison Reuse Authority
Aspiration to Inspire
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful commissioned Indianapolis-based artist Mechi Shakur to create this mural for an underpass that forms a gateway to Lawrence along Pendleton Pike on Indianapolis’ Far Eastside. With this mural, the artist hoped that its bright colors and musical theme would bring inspiration, creativity, and a sense of worth to anyone living in the neighborhood.
Mechi Shakur is a self-taught artist living in Indianapolis.
Central Ace Hardware Mural
The entire south wall of the Central Ace Hardware on Arlington Avenue. is covered by Carl Leck’s graphic and tromp l’oeil depiction of tools. A larger-than-life screw juts out from the wall, waiting for the screwdriver to be put to use.
Safe Passage is the expression of a metaphor for the world: a collection of random figures, some human and some animal, on an epic journey in an unknown direction with only each other to rely on. The yellow-toned and sparkling paint in the sky indicates that the scene is taking place in some mythical landscape, much as the shimmering gold tile backgrounds of Byzantine church mosaics were understood to indicate the heavenly realm. The figures include historical people George Washington and George Washington Carver (visual puns relating to the mural’s location on East Washington Street), a nun, a giraffe, a polar bear, a crowned cat, bunnies, and a child in a red hat–some of which recur in the artist’s other mural and easel work–and indicate the varied nature of the life that is bound together on our planet. The scene wraps around the corner of the building to enliven its front facade.
The artist, Kyle Ragsdale, is a native of New Mexico but has lived in Indianapolis since 1992. In addition to being a popular mural artist and frequent exhibitor both locally and regionally, he is the curator of the galleries at the Harrison Center where his studio is located. Ragsdale has won numerous local awards, including a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and a Stutz studio residency. He says: “My work is a collection of symbols. Figures, birds, flowers, and foliage function like text to trigger response and connections. In these paintings I invite viewers to make their own interpretations and connections with the visual clues in the images. Like moments in time, memories and dreams, the figures and images serve as starters for dialogue with the viewer.”
Safe Passage 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.
Symphony of Life
The artwork on this traffic signal control box is a reminder that when we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change accordingly. If we look for the good things, or choose to see the good in things, our lives will be wrapped in a magnificent symphony.
This artwork was developed by the Peace Learning Center’s Koinonia Project in collaboration with the Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFE). The artist is N. Beth Line, an Indianapolis-based designer who specializes in strategic visual communications.
Truck on a Steek
In 1998, Celadon Trucking Company began a 10-year sculpture collecting program in conjunction with the Herron School of Art, IUPUI. Art students could create outdoor sculptures and compete for placement at Celadon’s sculpture garden on Indianapolis’ far eastside.
In May 1999, five pieces were selected for placement and were revealed at the company’s anniversary celebration. This is one of the five originals. At least one piece was added annually thereafter.
This piece was created by Kevin Huff, who was a junior at Herron at the time. It is located on the north side of the building.
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