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The Octo Lady
In the heart of Broad Ripple Village, behind the Red Room building, artist Rafael Caro has created an imaginative piece inspired by the sea and the human spirit.
This mural comes from the artist’s original concept of the “octo lady.” After numerous pencil and ink drawings of this concept, the woman transformed into what you see on the fence today. She lurks in the deep but always finds light wherever she goes, highlighted by the blue glow on her face and tentacles. Caro believes that The Octo Lady represents a deeper meaning: “no matter how deep you are in or how different you may look, life is beautiful and so are you.”
Rafael Caro is a local graphic designer, mural artist, and concept developer. Caro has been a mural artist since 2011 and received an associate’s degree in design and visual communications from Ivy Tech Community College in 2015.
This mural was commissioned by the building’s owner, LOR Corporation, to reflect the spirit of Broad Ripple Village: nightlife, dancing, music, and the Monon Trail. It is located along the Monon Trail near the trail’s intersection with Broad Ripple Avenue.
The artists, Indianapolis-based FAB [Fantastic Aerosol Brothers] Crew, are known for their vibrant “street-art”-style murals using aerosol paints. Their work can be found throughout Indianapolis and worldwide.
Untitled (blue to green)
This mural was designed by Indianapolis artist Megan Jefferson and completed by Megan and Corey Jefferson and Holly and Dave Combs as a Department of Public Words project. It was commissioned by TCC Software Solutions.
The artist thinks of this mural as a visual representation of a breath. It is inspired by both the green grass below the mural and the blue sky above. There is a bit of a “secret” message on each end of the mural. In binary code, one side says “technology” – representing TCC and their focus on software solutions, and the other end says “community” – representing the focus of DPWords’ work.
Untitled (Folk Art Animals)
For the Broad Ripple Animal Clinic, Indianapolis artist Amy Rheinhardt painted a series of whimsical animals in a folk-art style that highlights their “humanity.” Set against a backdrop of clouds and the city’s distinctive skyline, the mural proclaims the importance of domestic animals in everyday life.
ZERO is a wind-powered, kinetic sculpture that mesmerizes viewers with its constant motion and repetitive patterns. The sculpture is made from shapes that catch the slightest breeze and pass the energy from the wind to each spinning arm in a precise order. The title comes from the circular shape of each element and the overall circular form.
The artist, Anthony Howe, is a native of Utah and at the time of ZERO’s installation, maintained a studio on Orcas Island, Washington. Initially experimenting with sheet metal, he became a full-time artist in 1994 to create the works for which he is best known.
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