Fountain Square's artistic alleys

September 27, 2007
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Fountain Square Mural ProjectEarlier this year, real estate agent and Fountain Square resident Phil Barcio began the Fountain Square Mural Project, an effort to transform the neighborhood's alleys to help prevent crime and graffiti. So far, local artists have painted 20 murals on privacy fences, retaining walls and garages. "It's an attempt to clean up the alleys and make them a destination," Barcio said. Many of the murals have required approval from the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (eight are scheduled for a hearing next week). Thirty more should appear in the Spring. This painting shown here, by William Denton Ray, is at 1048 Virginia Avenue. You can check out more examples here. What do you think?
  • Very creative. I had no clue this project was going on. Its good to see Fountain Square finding new ways to distingish themselves as a great community. Keep it up!!
  • I signed up for this, but unfortunately I didn't make it into the first round. Hopefully the 2nd round. Some of these are really good. (I really like the Bjork one).
  • OOO Bjork! How awesome. Also, i really would like to see Broad Ripple and/or Mass Ave. do something like this too! Indy's really lucky to have all these art gems. :)
  • Art is good. :)
  • This is great! Yet another reason for residents to rejoice in their community, and buyers to look more seriously at this near downtown gem!
  • Anything to keep improving Fountain Sq. is fine with me. It's a neat area that deserves improving.
  • Has anyone seen the art house on East Prospect Street?
    East of Fountain Square. Made me think of public art I have seen in Seattle. Kinda like folk art stuck in the front fence, but it works.
    Appears the homeownere did it themselves without a grant or public subsidy, but I could be wrong on that. Worth a drive by.
  • Art is good. Art is in the eye of the beholder. But this just beholds me to think this guy was on acid when he painted it. Art is good and this is good for Fountain Square. I just hope they don't market this art program all over the city. Art like this need to be in one area. Anyway this is a good program for art.
  • Also covered in INtake in a story about street art a little while ago:
  • Yeah for Fountain Square!!!!

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