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.
Quoted from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_Fountain_at_IUPUI
"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.
Quoted from www.indydt.com/GeorgiaStreetWooden.cfm
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.
World's Fastest (Major Taylor)
Bicycle racer Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor (1878-1932), born and raised in Indianapolis, was the world’s first international Black sports superstar. In an era where one’s race legally restricted who they could become, Taylor’s determination to rise above discrimination, physical abuse, and systemic racism in both his sport and his life led him to numerous world records, national and international titles, and widespread popularity that was unheard of for a Black man of his time. Yet despite worldwide adoration, Taylor died penniless and forgotten. (read more about Major Taylor here)
The mural, designed and painted by Chicago-based artist Shawn Michael Warren with the assistance of Indianapolis-based Boxx the Artist, depicts Taylor in three stages of his career: as an 18-year-old early professional, as a mature athlete at the peak of his international fame, and near the end of his career, when he was still winning races but feeling the demoralizing impact of racism and physical exhaustion. Taylor’s dignity, determination, and deep humanity are on full view in each of the three portraits.
The text in the mural design (I was a pioneer, and therefore had to blaze my own trail) comes from Taylor’s autobiography, and crystallizes his spirit and lessons for today. This mural stands as a reminder to us to honor excellence wherever it is found, and to create a city where every resident can reach their full potential.
The mural was commissioned with the assistance of the following:
City of Indianapolis
Indianapolis Bicentennial Commission
Arts Council of Indianapolis
The Major Taylor Coalition
CIBA Foundation, Inc.
And many individuals
The Arts Council of Indianapolis and Indiana Humanities commissioned Indianapolis-based writer Kelsey Johnson to create this work to honor Taylor:
From the Earth to the Stars
there is no easy way from the earth to the stars
And when we finally reach that day, it will be glorious. I’m talkin’ ‘bout you. Me. The collective. All of us. Listen closely. I’m talkin’ ‘bout you. Little black boy with the ashy knees. I’m speakin’ somethin’ over you. You got that crooked smile. Got those moonbeams spewing silver ‘tween the gaps of your teeth. Stringin’ up starlight from the wells in your eyes. Makin’ ungodly things shatter in the night.
I’m talkin’ ‘bout that gritty kind of remembrance you carry in your bones. The kind that won’t let you lay it down. Takes its place along the backside of your teeth. Makes you want to purse your lips and look away. Cuz the road ain’t been easy and you’ve been called every ghastly name in the book.
And you say, I’ve been goin’ ‘round and ‘round in this thing called life . Got those storm clouds rollin’ in and hangin’ low. Got every kind of kin swingin’ from those sappy trees. I don’t know how to glory in this gloom. Don’t know how to the shake free the dust and keep going.
But what if I told you I saw you gleaming?
Look up. You are the streetlamps on your morning ride. The globs of clay that cake and crumble on the back country roads. The twinkling flame in the stove of your mother’s kitchen. The prayer book on your night table.
You are also more than this.
You are your father’s work-worn hands and mine too. You are every little one with colossal dreams and deep lagoons for eyes who felt the angels sing over him, You gonna be somebody !
You are our mirror, too. Our sunrise.
Cuz every time you make the choice to keep going, we go deeper. Into tissue. Into sinew and the twisting of our nervous system. With every flicker, deeper into ourselves. To root out what was always cherished in secret, but has now been freed to blaze in the indomitable light.
—So we emerge from the peripheries singing, You are. WE ARE !
Situated near Pleasant Run Creek, this mural puts a funny twist on a favorite Hoosier pastime. Known for their unique use of aerosol paint, FAB Crew flips fishing on its head and depicts fish angling for worms.
The mural was one of 46 murals commissioned by the Arts Council of Indianapolis as part of its nationally renowned 46 for XLVI mural initiative.
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