Virginia Ave Alley Graffiti II
This letter-inspired graffiti piece is part of a body of work that makes up one of the few sanctioned graffiti areas left in Indianapolis, IN. The alleyway just east of Virginia Avenue in Fountain Square stands as a testament to the talent of the young, aspiring graffiti community as well as the more well-known graffiti writers in the area. Constantly changing, this living alleyway represents the very nature of the art form and the state of graffiti in Indianapolis.
Virginia Ave Alley Graffiti III
This character-inspired graffiti piece is part of a body of work that makes up one of the few sanctioned graffiti areas left in Indianapolis, IN. The alleyway just east of Virginia Avenue in Fountain Square stands as a testament to the talent of the young, aspiring graffiti community as well as the more well-known graffiti writers in the area. Constantly changing, this living alleyway represents the very nature of the art form and the state of graffiti in Indianapolis.
Lilly Oncology on Canvas (LOOC) has provided individuals affected by cancer with an opportunity to share their stories through art and narrative. Since its founding in 2004, in partnership with the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, thousands of LOOC participants have been inspired to share their journey with countless others. For more information, visit http://www.lillyoncology.com/support-resources/lilly-oncology-on-canvas.html
In Weeds?, the artist interprets dandelion weeds in a different way than most would. The artist believes that the seeds holding onto the stem tell the story of those who have and are still battling cancer.
(photo courtesy of Ken Norris)
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.
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.
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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