Truck on a Steek
In 1998, Celadon Trucking Company began a 10-year sculpture collecting program in conjunction with the Herron School of Art, IUPUI. Art students could create outdoor sculptures and compete for placement at Celadon’s sculpture garden on Indianapolis’ far eastside.
In May 1999, five pieces were selected for placement and were revealed at the company’s anniversary celebration. This is one of the five originals. At least one piece was added annually thereafter.
This piece was created by Kevin Huff, who was a junior at Herron at the time. It is located on the north side of the building.
This bronze sculpture pits three girls against two boys in an epic “battle of the sexes” game of tug of war…without a rope! Like most of the artist’s depictions of children, it is an ode to the carefree days of youth, and is very appropriate for its current location.
One of two sculptures by the artist on The Children’s Museum campus, Tug o’War was originally cast in 1988 and is one of the artist’s most popular pieces. This version is dedicated “In Memory of Mary Jane Kruse Ruddell 1991.”
Glenna Goodacre (b. 1938) is a nationally-recognized figurative sculptor and the creator of many well-known bronze artworks, portraits, and monuments, including the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, DC; the Irish Memorial in Philadelphia; the over-life-sized, full-length portrait of Ronald Reagan at his memorial library; and the design for the Sacajawea U.S. dollar coin. Many of her works exist in multiple casts across the country. She attended Colorado College and the Art Students’ League in New York City, intending to be a painter, but discovered sculpture while she was there. A native of Texas, Goodacre has been an academician of the National Academy of Design since 1994 and a fellow of the National Sculpture Society since 1981. She currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and retired from sculpting in 2016 after destroying the molds for all her previous works so they could not be reissued after her death.
Tulip to Life
Tulip to Life is a public artwork formerly located on the grounds of the Indiana Government Center South in Indianapolis, but which now rests in storage. The functional sculpture is a drinking fountain made of stainless steel in the shape of a tulip tree leaf. Designed by Eric Ernstberger of Muncie, Indiana and fabricated by Tarpenning-LaFollette of Indianapolis, Indiana, the sculpture was installed in 1991 and was removed in 2014 due to physical deterioration. It is unclear whether it will be repaired and returned to its site.
The sculpture depicts an over-sized leaf of the American tulip tree, Indiana’s state tree. The sculpture consists of two main segments: the leaf, which forms the main body and majority of the piece, and the petiole-and-bowl segment, which houses the drinking fountain. Measured diagonally from the foremost tips of the leaf segment to the back of the fountain bowl, it is about 207 inches (530 cm) long.
An example of site-specific art, the tulip tree leaf was the main focal point of a below-ground-level rectangular courtyard surrounded by the Indiana Government Center South’s architecture.
For more information, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulip_to_Life
The title of this sculpture, TURN, is the acronym for Transforming Urban Neighborhoods, the community revitalization initiative led by the Paramount School of Excellence (PSOE) and Community Health Networks. The steel and concrete sculpture symbolizes the important first steps taken in a positive change of direction. TURN was conceptualized, researched, and initiated by teacher Shay Atkinson’s 8th grade class. The artist, Doug Calisch, was chosen as lead artist to work closely with school staff and students to design and fabricate the final structure.
PSOE believes in the power of art as an active component of placemaking. PSOE is a 5.5 acre charter school with a drastically different approach to both structure and setting. The school grounds host installation art, and lessons have an artistic focus. PSOE made a commitment in 2014 to move away from the “arts and crafts” education model that most schools use. Instead, the art program at PSOE achieves state standards through real-world K-8 projects, and an installation project as the culmination of middle school.
Quoted from http://www.indianacharterschool.com/turn.html
John McNaughton’s furniture and sculptures are represented in over 250 private collections including the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution and the White House Collection of Crafts. In this piece he applied his knowledge of woodworking to turn the idea of a home (literally) on its head. Starting with a traditional dwelling base that twists until the roof ends upside down, the piece blurs the line between dwellings and fantasy. Everything, including the flowers, is made of wood.
Quoted from indplsartcenter.org/Assets/uploads/Artspark-brochure-2012.pdf
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