According to the artist, Harmony is a symbol for finding a balanced place for ourselves within our world. The cubic forms represent the Cities of Man – they are fused together because we depend on each other…for everything. It is supported by the benevolent forces of Nature. The lower portion is symbolic of soil, water, and mineral resources of our planet – where everything has its beginning and end.
Don Lawler is a stone sculptor based near Stephensport, Kentucky. He exhibits locally, nationally, and internationally.
The White River has been undergoing revitalization, and it is now known for its beauty and the wildlife that inhabits the river. River Fish pays homage to that wildlife, in particular to four species of fish that are native to the White River: bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish. The sculpture also celebrates the fishing culture that has been part of the Westside community for decades, as evidenced by the Westside Bait and Tackle Shop, located adjacent to the sculpture and in business for 67 years (as of 2019). The 12 kinetic elements are placed along the banks of the river in such a way that the water is seen behind them–as if they were part of the habitat–and when the wind blows just right, the fish move as if they were swimming.
River Fish was a collaborative project between the University of Indianapolis and the adjacent Riverview Apartments (developed by Strategic Capital Partners and Goodwill), and facilitated by the City of Indianapolis’ Public Art for Neighborhoods program. The project artists, James Viewegh and Nathan Foley, were members of the Art & Design faculty at the University of Indianapolis. Additional assistance was provided by the university’s engineering program and Maya Johnson ’20, a student in the university’s sculpture B.F.A. program.
StreamLines: Water Rises, Water Falls
In 2015 and 2016, Mary Miss/City as Living Laboratory created a series of installations for StreamLines along five major waterways in Indianapolis. The theme for the site at the White River was “Water Rises, Water Falls” and explores water in the atmosphere. Scientific topics for this site included atmosphere, precipitation, infrastructure, watershed, albedo, land cover and heat island.
The White River is one of the largest rivers in Indiana, flowing for over 350 miles from Randolph County, through the heart of Indianapolis and into the Wabash River. This river connects the city to the rest of the state through snowmelt, rainwater, and smaller streams that find their way to the river’s rainfall catchment area, also known as a watershed. The total White River basin watershed is nearly 6,000 square miles! The river was once wide and clear. Local Native Americans called it the Wapahani or “White Sands.” Although heavily polluted due to agricultural runoff and industrial usage, the river is cleaner than it was in the past.
StreamLines was an interactive, place-based project that merged the sciences and the arts to advance the community’s understanding and appreciation of Indianapolis’ waterways. This work was made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation and was modeled on the City as Living Laboratory/FRAMEWORK. StreamLines featured a collection of installations along Indianapolis’ waterways and adjacent greenspaces inviting the community to learn, explore and experience the science of local water systems through visual art, poetry, dance and music. StreamLines was administered by the Center for Urban Ecology at Butler University. For more information, visit StreamLines.org or on social media as @StreamLinesIndy.
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