Community Canvas, located in the Martindale-Brightwood community, is an interactive art piece, a public mural, and a chalking canvas that allows neighbors and community members to engage and creatively chalk their visions inspired by the question, “To make the world a better place I…” Visitors can use the chalk provided to draw pictures, write quotes, and express themselves on how to positively impact their community. Although initially intended to be temporary, the community (through Circle Up Indy) contributed funds to build it as a permanent outdoor installation at their pride and joy, the new Martindale-Brightwood library branch. The artwork was purchased by the Martindale-Brightwood community after appearing for a year as a temporary installation with Indy Art & Seek, a 2020 project of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.
Boxx the Artist is a self-taught artist, painter, body painter, art instructor, muralist, and entrepreneur. She has been actively practicing the medium of acrylic paint for approximately 4 years professionally, yet has been a lifetime artist in various other forms. Boxx’s visual practice uses acrylic, digital, and mixed mediums to capture different aspects of life in the African diaspora. She focuses on people and experiences, and often documents history as she sees it being created. People are used as metaphors to address relevant social issues and create a dialogue for change. Boxx is expanding the realms of her creativity through integrating technology, intersecting acrylic with mixed mediums, and exploring interactive and public art.
The Ka-Bike-O-Scope, an interactive public sculpture created by Quincy Owens and Luke Crawley in partnership with The daVinci Pursuit, is located on Pleasant Run trail near the Barth Bridge.
The Ka-Bike-O-Scope is a large scale, group kaleidoscopic kinetic sculpture consisting of a stationary bike-like base that when pedaled causes canopies of overlapping up-cycled bicycle wheels 18 feet in the air to spin. A user can either ride the attached stationary bike or turn the hand cranks (or both) to activate the bicycle wheels in the canopy. Colorful acrylics are fitted between the overhead spokes creating chromatic natural reflections during the day and LED generated ones at night. The sculpture allows passersby to playfully explore the principles of energy conversion, simple machines and the properties of light.
Masterminded by professional artist Quincy Owens and physicist Luke Crawley, the Ka-Bike-O-Scope is the culmination of a community-wide design competition created to use the arts to bring basic science concepts to neighborhood residents and beyond. Children from local schools have participated in attaching the colored plastic panels into the up-cycled bicycle wheels while learning the physics concepts. A curriculum is being used by area schools to further the exploration of the physics concepts.
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