Untitled (Jazz Musicians)
Untitled (Jazz Musicians) is an outdoor sculpture by American artist John Spaulding. It is located on the border of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus, near downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, at the corner intersection of Indiana Avenue and West Street. The sculpture faces the historic Madame Walker Theatre Center, which is located across the street.
Untitled (Jazz Musicians) is a quintet of linear jazz musicians formed in bronze. Each figure represents a jazz musician who was influential to the artist. Spaulding’s father, James, is playing guitar; his older brother, James Spaulding Jr., is playing saxophone; the bass-player figure represents Larry Ridley; Freddie Hubbard is on trumpet; and "Killer" Ray Appleton is on the drums. Each bronze linear figure has a circular bronze base welded at its feet that is then situated upon a riser of concrete block. The dimensions of the sculpture as a whole are 8’5" x 19′ x 19′ (3 x 6 x 6 m). Each sculpture base is circular, approximately 1’6" (46 cm) in diameter and 1" (25 mm) in height. Each figure, not including its base, has a height of 8’5" (2.6 m). The exception is the seated drummer figure, which is approximately 4’6" (1.4 m) in height. Each figure has different width as follows: The saxophone player is 1’5" (43 cm) wide, the bass player is 3’1" (94 cm) wide, the drummer is 3’11" (119 cm) wide, the trumpet player figure is 2’8" (81 cm) wide, and the guitarist is 2’3" (69 cm) wide.
Untitled (Jazz Musicians) was fabricated in 1995 and was commissioned by the Sexton Companies.
The sculpture stands at the corner of West Street and Indiana Avenue, across from the Madame Walter Theatre Center. The outdoor sculpture is displayed in an area in front of the Gardens of Canal Court apartments. It is a tribute to the rich Jazz heritage that was a part of the Indiana Avenue area. The location of Untitled (Jazz Musicians) reflects the spirit of this sculpture. Facing West Street, Indiana Avenue, and the Madame Walker Theatre Center, it reminds all those who pass the of the rich cultural heritage that was and is part of this area near the IUPUI campus. In addition, this sculpture stands near another of Spaulding’s sculptures, Jammin’ on the Avenue, which is installed at the entrance to historic Lockefield Gardens apartments, where the artist was born. Lockefield Gardens was the city’s first major public housing project, which was racially segregated at first, in the heart of Indianapolis’s African American community. New construction and renovation of Lockefield Gardens’ seven remaining historic buildings are home to IUPUI students, staff, faculty, and anyone wishing to live in this cultural area, known as the Indiana Avenue Cultural District.
In May 2011, the figure representing a saxophone player was broken off at the knees and stolen. The sculpture also suffered several other cuts. A local newspaper reported on June 13, 2011, that police recovered the piece after it was discovered in a trash bin and brought to a scrap yard for sale.
Quoted from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Untitled_(Jazz_Musicians)
Untitled (L’s) is a public sculpture by American artist David Von Schlegell. The sculpture is located on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI) near downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Untitled (L’s) was created in 1978, installed in 1980, and dedicated on October 7, 1980. The Minimalist sculpture is composed of three identical steel L’s that were fabricated by a yacht manufacturer in New York. Each component has a steel core with an outer layer of brushed stainless steel that reveals its texture when light reflects off of the surface.
Untitled (L’s) was selected from 100 submissions to be accessioned into IUPUI’s permanent collection, an artist challenge suggested by former IUPUI Faculty Council Secretary, Phillis Danielson. Based on the Pythagorean Theorem of geometry, the University believed that Untitled (L’s) represented the tradition of math, logic, and wisdom at IUPUI. Untitled (L’s) was commissioned with partial funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) under the “Works of Art for Public Spaces” program while the rest of the funding came from private sources. The project took five years to complete.
David Von Schlegell (1920-1992) was born in St. Louis, Missouri and studied at the University of Michigan before entering the Air Force. As a member of the Arts Students League in New York, Von Schlegell rose to prominence in the 1960s as a sculptor. Working primarily in aluminum, steel, and wood, Von Schlegell was inspired by his wartime experience as an aircraft engineer. In addition to sculpture, Von Schlegell also practiced drawing and painting.
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Urban Silos was part of the Arts Council of Indianpolis’ Great Ideas Competition.
“Urban Silos sprung from childhood memories of lying on the ground looking at the sky and asking questions like: Why is the sky blue? What are the clouds made of? Most adults stopped looking at the sky in that way a long time ago. I wanted to find a way to recapture that experience and share it with others. The project consists of two towers shaped to resemble grain silos. One is 28′ tall while the other rises to a height of 20′. Two benches/lounges are placed under each silo. When laying on one of these the viewer is forced to look straight up through the silo, which has an opening at the top. The inside of the silo is lined with reflective aluminum. This reflective lining forces the eye to focus solely on the sky they see through the opening at the top. Without any outside visual reference the space between the top of the silo and the sky is non-existent. The color is very intense and feels very close to the outside surface. A more dramatic show occurs during dawn and dusk when the viewer can watch as the circle of color changes hue relatively quickly. The goal is to give the viewer a brief reprieve from reality, to allow a loss of time and spatial relationships to occur and perhaps even trigger a memory of what it was like to be a child.”
The location of this project also plays an important role in its success. Jeff has chosen a space adjacent to the Indiana State Fairgrounds and right along the Monon Trail at 38th and Watson Rd. The Monon Trail, of course, is a popular city Greenway that once was a prominent railroad line transporting many things including grain and livestock to and through Indianapolis. Locating this project adjacent to the old rail line helps to emphasize the agricultural history of the State as well as speaks to the role that the railroad played in that development.
Urban Temple was a community-designed project, meant to serve as a gateway to the Cottage Home neighborhood on the Near Eastside. It forms the centerpiece of a small park. The benches, stone circle, and sculpture are all elements of the artwork. The three vertical elements of the sculpture, connected at the top, symbolizes the unified spirit of the community.
John Terrell Vawter (born January 15, 1830) was a businessman-banker from Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana. He donated the Civil War memorial monument, known as the Vawter Memorial, which features a sculpture by Rudolph Schwarz. The monument is located on the north lawn of the Johnson County Courthouse square in Franklin, Indiana.
The memorial features a sculpture of a standing male Union soldier, high atop a pedestal. He holds a rifle in his proper right hand and his proper left hand is shading his eyes as he looks into the distance. Weaponry includes a revolver on the proper right hip, a sword on the proper left hip, and a cartridge box on the belt. On the front of the pedestal in relief is a bronze eagle and a portrait of John T. Vawter, and on the rear is a flag. All four sides have bronze lions’ heads, which issue water into a semi-circular fountain basin.
Rudolf Schwarz (June 1866 – 14 April 1912) was an Austrian-born American sculptor. Schwarz emigrated to Indianapolis in December of 1897 to help complete the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, which was designed by German architect Bruno Schmitz. He lived a simple life, almost secluded, and was not well known by the public. For the last seven years of his life, however, Schwarz created and directed a class in sculpture at the John Herron Art School, now Herron School of Art and Design. Schwarz is known from at least 30 sculptural works throughout the state of Indiana, many of which are war memorials.
Verge is a nonrepresentational sculpture that, according to the artist, speaks about relationships and dependence. The central wood piece represents how far someone can push you before you break, while the metal pieces represent how much you can lean on someone before you can no longer stand on your own. The artist has said that most of her artwork comes from a negative place, and creating the work helps her work through her emotions.
Kylie Little was born in Goshen, IN and graduated from University of Indianapolis with a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and Pre-Art Therapy, with a concentration in Sculpture. As of 2019 she is a MFA candidate at Georgia State University. Little is known for creating work on large scales using natural materials.
Veterans Memorial Obelisk
Veteran’s Memorial Plaza, once known as Obelisk Square, is located immediately north of the Indiana War Memorial. The Obelisk and Fountain rise from the center of the plaza, while flagpoles bearing the flags of each of the 50 United States stand on the east and west sides. Completed in 1930, the park was originally a broad concrete square, but was converted into a landscaped park with trees in 1976 as part of the celebration of America’s Bicentennial. In 2004, the park was again reconfigured to return the ‘line of sight’ aspect of the original architects’ plan. Large ordinance pieces, including tanks and eight World War I German cannons, originally sat at the outside corners of the plaza. During World War II, six of the cannons were melted down for scrap metal. The remaining cannons were moved to new locations when the plaza was converted into a park in the mid-1970s.
Centrally located in the plaza are the Obelisk and Fountain. The Obelisk is a 100-foot shaft of black Berwick granite, ornamented at its base with four bronze bas-relief tablets, each four by eight feet. The Obelisk represents “the hopes and aspirations of the nation, a symbol of the power of nature to reproduce and continue the life of the country.” The tablets represent the four fundamentals on which the nation’s hopes are founded: Law, Science, Religion, and Education. They were set into place in the fall of 1929 under the supervision of Henry Hering, the primary sculptor of the plaza. The pinnacle of the Obelisk is covered with gold leaf. The fountain is 100 feet in diameter and made from pink Georgia marble and terrazzo.
Henry Hering (1874-1949) was a New York-based architectural sculptor well known for his allegorical figures in traditional Beaux Arts and Art Deco style. His work can be found in most major U.S. cities.
The work of Greg Hull often involves movement, even incorporating light into some of his pieces. Both of these are evident in Vicarious (although the lights only come on at night). Vicarious was influenced by Hull’s visit to Scotland and Ireland, countries where his heritage lay. What relationships between Scotland and Ireland can you make to this installation? Hull also has a large installation in the parking garage at the Indianapolis International Airport.
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Vietnam War Memorial
Designed by Indiana-born architect Patrick Brunner, this unique memorial dedicated to two different wars is made from one large cylinder that is divided proportionally to represent the number of casualties from each war. The Vietnam section of the memorial is slightly larger than the Korean section. The two sections are placed across from one another on the American Legion Mall, representing the distance in time between the two wars. Excerpts of letters written by Hoosier soldiers to family and friends at home are engraved on the convex sides of the cylinder sections, one of the most powerful components of this memorial.
Artist Eric Nordgulen created these three figural forms in 1996. Serving as visual links between downtown’s buildings and pedestrians, the figures contain both clear glass that makes them transparent, and lenses that reflect images of the surrounding architecture and passing foot traffic. The lenses (“fresnel” type) are the same that are used for theatre lighting and also for page magnification: if you get close to the sculpture, you will see an inverted image of yourself in several of the lenses. In this way, the viewer becomes part of the sculpture.
As with most of Nordgulen’s work, the questions raised by the sculpture have to do with self-awareness and how we understand the world. Do we see it as it is, or how we interpret it to be? Are we part of the urban landscape, or is the urban landscape part of us?
Villagers Bell Tower
There were 80 villagers who went to the school which was located on the site at the turn of the century. The school had a bell in a small tower that was rung three times a day. This project, honors the heart of that community the the history of the school, also has 80 bells (that move with the wind). All materials and labor were donated by the community. The bells were cut-out and welded by a local trade school. All the art (160 images) was created by the students.
As a part of PreEnactIndy, artist Quincy Owens installed four “stained glass” light sculptures on power poles near the Monon Trail at 16th Street and Yandes Street. These pieces glow at night, and may be permanent.
Sponsored by Harrison Center for the Arts, the collaborative theater event took place on October 7th, 2017. Through interactive performances, this preenactment envisioned through interactive performances what a neighborhood ought to be. This public event gave attendees fully-immersive experiences of the active, healthy, and well-designed neighborhood the area deserves, including inspiring public art.
Visual and Mental Paradoxes
Over the years there have been a number of programs to place artwork on Mass Ave: this piece is the remnant of one of them, the MassAttractions program that was initiated by the Riley Area Development Corporation. The artist is Jerald Jacquard, who was a professor at IU Bloomington at the time of installation. The firefighters’ union contributed the site, and the artist’s fee was raised by private donors. It has been here since 1999, even before the new wing on the union house.
Jerald Jacquard was born in Lansing, Michigan, in 1937. He earned his B.A. in 1960 and his M.A. in 1962 from Michigan State University. Jacquard established a sculpture department at the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 1967 and was a professor of art at Indiana University for more than 25 years. He has been awarded several fellowships, including a Fulbright Scholarship to Florence, Italy, in 1963; a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1972; and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Jacquard has works in collections including the Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University; the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Michigan; the Indianapolis Museum of Art; and the White River State Park, Indianapolis.
Walking Man (Zionsville)
In 2012, Anderson artist Levi Rinker wanted to give back to his community. He created more than two dozen steel “walking men” to inspire a feeling of progress and moving forward in Anderson, with the idea that each could be sponsored by local businesses and decorated by employees, students, or community members, then placed in public locations. After a four-month display period, the sculptures were auctioned off and the proceeds used to support local non-profit organizations. The works were on display around Anderson for four more years, and then the artist retrieved the sculptures, cleaned them, and repainted them all white.
After one of the sculptures was donated to Thorntown in 2015, the Boone County Community Foundation in 2016 purchased five more of the Walking Man sculptures, intending to place them in four communities in Boone County: two in Lebanon and one each in Zionsville, Whitestown, and Jamestown. The final sculpture, at Lebanon’s Central Christian Church, was placed in February 2018. The idea is to support for the arts in each of Boone County’s communities and provide a common visual element that links all of the communities together; each one is decorated by the community in a way that reflects the town’s character. All are placed in prominent locations: in public parks, in front of key buildings, or along the Big 4 trail that runs through Boone County.
For more information, visit here. The Walking Man Project also has a blog.
In 2019, artist Cynthia Young was selected to paint the sculpture. She choose to paint the nearby hiking trail on the sculpture due to the close proximity of the sculpture and trail.
Truman Lowe’s Ho-Chuck heritage and love of the woodlands landscapes is at the heart of his work. He has the ability to distill into very simple and elegant terms the essence of his subjects. Often his work reflects his love of water and canoeing. Water Whispers utilizes the idea of flowing glass as the manifestation of a waterfall.
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Allen Houser’s Watercarrier was created in 1986 and is the 8th in an edition of 8 identical bronze sculptures. On loan from a private collection, Watercarrier is one of two Houser sculptures featured on the Christel DeHaan Terrace at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. The monumental piece features an abstracted Native American woman balancing a container of water on her head. Watercarrier is an example of Houser’s use of elegant abstractions to depict Native American subjects.
Allan Houser (1914-2004) was a Chiricahua Apache sculptor, painter, and book illustrator born in Oklahoma. He is considered one of the most renowned Native American painters and Modernist sculptors of the 20th century. As the father of contemporary Native American sculpture, Houser was instrumental in helping generations of artists discover and express themselves in contemporary media through a uniquely Native perspective. Houser’s work can be found at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC., and in numerous major museum collections throughout North America, Europe, and Japan.
Watermark (Paramount School of Excellence Rest Sto...
Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) is an effort by local artists to highlight the Pogue’s Run Waterway in Brookside Park. The Paramount Rest Stop is one of three sites along Pogue’s Run funded through ROW. Led by artist Eric Nordgulen, students from Herron School of Art and Design, a team of professional artists, and local residents and stakeholders collaborated on the design and implementation of public art installations centered on waterway issues and inspirations.
Eric Nordgulen’s installation, Watermark, derived from aerial maps is used as a visual signpost to locate the Rest Stop Art project sites for Pogue’s Run Creek and Trail. Looking at the contours of rivers and creeks, and the grid patterns of the city the artist used these as inspiration to define the edges and the openings of the steel plates. Placed on top of the sculpture is a symbol for water (H2O) to emphasize the importance of our waterways and the condition of our environment.
Participants and members of the community can use the five storage cabinets to display information relating to the location, community, history, and environment. Other possibilities for display include works of art, written stories, and special projects. These items can be rotated as needed.
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Watermark (Spades Park Rest Stop)
Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) is an effort by local artists to highlight the Pogue’s Run Waterway in Brookside Park. The Spades Park Rest Stop is one of three sites along Pogue’s Run funded through ROW. Led by artist Eric Nordgulen, students from Herron School of Art and Design, a team of professional artists, and local residents and stakeholders collaborated on the design and implementation of public art installations centered on waterway issues and inspirations.
Eric Nordgulen’s installation, Watermark, is derived from aerial maps and is used as a visual signpost to locate the Rest Stop Art project sites for Pogue’s Run Creek and Trail. The artist looked at the contours of rivers and creeks, as well as the grid patterns of the city, and used these forms as inspiration to define the edges and the openings of the steel plates. Placed on top of the sculpture is a symbol for water (H2O) to emphasize the importance of our waterways and the condition of our environment.
Participants and members of the community can use the five storage cabinets to display information relating to the location, community, history, and environment. Other possibilities for display include works of art, written stories, and special projects. These items can be rotated as needed.
Quoted from http://www.indianacharterschool.com/watermark.html
Wave Form Two
Northwest of the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center are two sculptures. Wave Form Two, by Gary Gresko of Oriental, North Carolina, consists of salvaged wood from docks destroyed by hurricanes. “Art for me is an exploration in both style and materials,” he says. “The journey, the surprises, the excitement comes with the unexpected.”
Quoted from: http://www.uindy.edu/arts/wave-form-two
WE US ALL
Indianapolis-based artist Nathaniel Russell was commissioned by Milhaus, a local development company, to create a dimensional art fence/mural around the temporary construction site near the intersection of College and Massachusetts Avenues. The purpose was to obscure some of the unsightly construction equipment while making a work that addressed the changing neighborhood and Mass Ave community. Its deliberately naive style and simple shapes were both disarming and endearing.
Nathaniel Russell was born and raised in Indiana. After graduating from college, Russell spent several years in the San Francisco Bay Area making posters, record covers, and woodcuts. He returned to his home city of Indianapolis and now spends his time creating drawings, fake fliers, bad sculptures, wood shapes, and music. Russell’s work is regularly shown around the world in both traditional galleries and informal spaces, usually surrounded by an expanding list of friends, collaborators, and like-minded folk. He frequently returns to his second home of California to work with friends on projects as varied as murals, print workshops, and backyard musical performances. Russell was a guest artist on the PBS Digital series The Art Assignment in 2015 for his “fake flyer” work. Read more about Russell’s work at http://nathanielrussell.com/
This sculpture is fabricated from multiplegeometric sections of painted steel that have been welded together to form a “weather tower.” The top is surmounted by a curvilinear abstract form. The sculpture is braced at the back with a rectilinear form resting on an aluminum base. The paint system appears to be at least one layer of red primer coated with purple paint as the top coat. The sculpture is welded to an aluminum base that is bolted to a square concrete pad. There is a signature panel at the back, signed “JACQUARD” in weld and stamped “1985 ASS EGY”.
Jerald Jacquard retired in 2000 after a 40-year career, most of it teaching sculpture at the Henry Radford Hope School of Art at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
Kenneth R. Bunn (born 1938), works to convey a sense of action and movement in his sculptures and clearly succeeded in doing so when he created this dramatic bronze of deer running through a pond for the opening of the Eiteljorg Museum in 1989. A close student of animal anatomy and behavior, the artist masters his work through observation of creatures in the wild. He has traveled throughout the world studying wildlife in natural habitats and at zoos and private preserves. Bunn’s work can be found at museums throughout the country; he is an Academician of the National Academy of Design and a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society.
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Born in the 1950s on a farm in Lapel, Indiana and surrounded by crops and livestock, Faust’s childhood years were spent exploring the woods and fields under the magnificent, open, Midwestern sky. The awe of nature in the young Faust inspired him to become an artist and formed the basis of his art. Faust sees the time he spent on the farms and rivers of the Midwest as a gift to be shared with others through his art. Nature to him is more than just a source of inspiration. It is his teacher.
Gift of Karl and Barbara Zimmer
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Note, the artist’s website indicates the artwork is called "Bird with Prey." www.jameswillefaust.com/
Bruce LaFountain was raised on the Turtle Mountain Reservation. He is of Chippewa, French and Cree and often refers to himself as Metis. Drawing on his Native American heritage, he feels like sculpture is a meditative process that allows him to chip away at his materials until he the excess gone and he can see the simple truth and spirituality of his subject. Wisdom Keepers reflects both LaFountain’s heritage and spirituality with the warrior transforming into an eagle.
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The gateway consists of a pocket park with a centerpiece sculpture. Stone markers identify buildings once located on this site and a former street is represented as a crushed stone plaza. Local artist Dick Lutin worked with the Southeast Neighborhood Development Corporation (SEND) to design a piece of artwork that relates to the bright future of Fountain Square and pays homage to the district’s illustrious past. Lutin’s sculpture, titled Wishful Thinking, is a conceptual abstraction of a fountain. It displays graphic content about Fountain Square’s history and culture. Blue neon provides night interest and represents moving water. In addition to adding beauty, the new gateway creates a locator for Fountain Square as a special place. It is visible from Interstate 65. The project is located on the southwest corner of Virginia Avenue and Leonard Street, just south of the Virgnia Avenue interstate overpass. Dawn Kroh, Green 3 and Eric Fulford, Ninebark, served as the project’s landscape architects. Eric Etchison, Smock Fansler, built the base and provided site preparation. The budget for the gateway was $85,000, with $60,000 from the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission, $5,000 from the Southeast Umbrella Organization and $1,000 from the Fountain Square Merchants Association. As an in-kind contribution, IPL moved an existing street light and power lines.
“Fountain Square is a great cultural destination in Indianapolis,” said Paul Baumgarten, director of Fountain Square Main Street, SEND. “This project will surely attract many new visitors who will discover the vitality and opportunities within the district.” Fountain Square is one of Indianapolis’ six cultural districts that received funds from the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission for enhancement projects that each district’s stakeholders identified in grant proposals. The other five cultural districts are Broad Ripple Village, The Canal & White River State Park, Indiana Avenue, Mass Ave and the Wholesale District. Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. and The Corsaro Group serve as program managers of the Cultural Districts program on behalf of the Cultural Development Commission. The Arts Council of Indianapolis managed the grant program and is the program manager for the Commission’s Public Art Program.
Wood Plaza Fountain
The Wood Fountain is an outdoor public architectural sitework on Indiana University-Purdue University’s campus. The campus is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Wood Fountain is commissioned by IUPUI (Indianapolis University – Purdue University) and completed in 1995. Singh Associates in New York City designed the sculpture, while Tom Fansler III manages the fountain. The purpose of this artwork, according to the Smock Fansler website, was to provide “better places to live,” and bring “spaces between buildings and the elements that tie them together…”
The sitework used stone to mimic a pyramid in the shape of a diamond. It sits on IUPUI’s campus along New York St with the pathways surrounding made out of brick. According to the IUPUI’s website, the artwork “is 100 feet long on each of its four sides.” There are four levels to the piece with nine slight indentations along each siding. In addition, there are triangles that have been sculpted in to the stone so that water will come down to the base. On the proper front, there is a bronze memorial plaque at the bottom. It reads:
THE WOOD PLAZA DEDICATED JUNE 26, 1995 THIS PLAZA WAS NAMED IN GRATEFUL RECOGNITION OF THE SUPPORT OF BILLIE LOU & RICHARD D. WOOD
The Wood Fountain is located at The Wood Plaza, which is a place on IUPUI’s campus where social events such as the Indy Jazzfest and Explore IUPUI are held. The Wood Plaza was named after an Eli Lilly chief executor, Robert D. Wood and his wife Billie Lou Wood. According to IUPUI’s Jaguar Spirit online source, “the Wood Plaza was designed on the same axis of University Library and intended to complement the library architecturally.” In a newsletter from IUPUI’s Chancellor in December 1996, an award was given from the “local chapter of the American Institute of Architects…with an Achievement award for their design, construction and enhancement of the physical and visual environments of Marion County.” The importance of this recognition gives insight into how valuable the Wood Plaza is, not only to the IUPUI Campus, but to the community.
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"Wooden’s Legacy," a sculpture honoring legendary basketball Coach John Wooden, was unveiled March 2, 2012 just west of the intersection of Georgia and Meridian streets. Mayor Greg Ballard, members of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, sculpture donors and representatives from John Wooden’s family were present for the reveal.
"Georgia Street is turning into one of the most fascinating streetscapes in the city and perhaps the country," said Mark Miles, chairman of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee. "While the community first experienced this area as the Super Bowl Village, with additions like this sculpture and the pillars that were unveiled, Georgia Street has become a civic asset and destination."
"During the weeks surrounding Super Bowl XLVI, the Indianapolis community shared our sense of civic engagement, ambition and team spirit through volunteerism with the world," said Mayor Ballard. "With this sculpture, we honor the legacy of a man whose values so many strive to emulate."
"Wooden’s Legacy" captures the intensity and focus of Coach Wooden with his expressive facial features and pose. Conceived as a moment in his coaching career, he is in a kneeling position, grasping a "signature" rolled up playbook, gazing towards Bankers Life Fieldhouse. He is surrounded by the legs of his team with historically appropriate socks and footwear highlighting key periods of his basketball career and beyond. The base is encircled with the words from Wooden’s Pyramid of Success, such as confidence, honesty and cooperation.
"It was an honor to be entrusted with the responsibility of depicting Coach John Wooden," said artist Jeffrey Rouse, who previously lived in Indianapolis. "I am struck by his passion and conviction as both a player and coach. He deeply understood the fundamentals of integrity and what was required of a team to ensure success. I had the good fortune of working with a great team to create this monument to an iconic man, including the Bright Foundry, CGM Precast and RATIO Architects.
About John Wooden
John Wooden (Oct. 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010) grew up in Martinsville, Ind. where he took his high school team to the State Championship Finals three consecutive years and was named three-time All-American. He went on to play at Purdue University and helped win the 1932 National Championship. He was named All-Big Ten and All-Midwestern for three consecutive years and became known as the Indiana Rubber Man because of his suicidal dives on the hardwood.
Wooden spent four years in the Navy and upon returning coached Indiana State University basketball for three years, winning the Indiana Intercollegiate Basketball National Tournament. He became the basketball coach of the UCLA Bruins in 1948 and guided them to 88 consecutive victories, four perfect seasons, 20 PAC 10 championships, 38 NCAA tourneys, seven consecutive National Championships and 10 National Championship titles all together. In 1961, Wooden was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame. He was named Coach of the Year seven times, became the first man to be inducted into the Hall of Fame again as a coach and a player and remains untouched as the winningest coach of all time.
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World War II Memorial
This memorial commemorates Indiana casualties of World War II. Indiana lost nearly 12,000 soldiers to the war, and another 17,000 returned home wounded. A unique feature of this memorial is the freestanding column that lists, in order, all the campaigns and operations of the war. Brunner, a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, designed the memorial.
by James Havens of Woodville, Ohio
Yellow Butterfly exudes simplicity. James Havens creates his work with the artistic philosophy that “less is more.” Inspired by nature, Havens designed this sculpture to stand alone with minimal explanation, as he intends for all his pieces. Havens attended Lincoln Welding School in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a certified plate and pipe welder. He currently serves as an artistic welding instructor at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio. Havens also owns and operates Havens Studio and The Rose Bronze Foundry.
You Are Beautiful I (Fountain Square)
The You Are Beautiful movement was started in 2002 as a way to make grand gestures in public places. Along with distributing over 3 million small stickers with the message “you are beautiful,” You Are Beautiful also strives to beautify communities with massive and inspiring installations. The organization believes that when the phrase “you are beautiful” is integrated into a city or community, it creates an immediate positive dialogue. Having collaborated with major cities and organizations around the globe on both temporary and permanent installations, and after planning long-term and fast-track projects, You Are Beautiful seeks to leave the world a little better than when they found it.
The Murphy Art Center’s “You Are Beautiful” has been a signature element of the Fountain Square commercial center since it was first installed, in 2007. Dave and Holly Combs of the nonprofit arts collective Department of Public Words created the text-based mural in plywood as their first public art project. In 2016, the Department of Public Words redesigned the piece to be made of aluminum and added LED lighting so it could be seen at night. You Are Beautiful now stands as a beacon for the Fountain Square Cultural District’s nightlife and entertainment scene.
Since their first project, the Department of Public Words has produced several other positive-message murals and installations in the Indianapolis area and in other cities.
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