Public Art

NYC retrospective reassesses Robert Indiana's work

September 26, 2013
Associated Press
Artist Robert Indiana says his world-famous LOVE image overshadowed all his other work. But now the artist's first major retrospective could change that.
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Airport wants to smooth over artwork controversy

July 19, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Airport Authority decided Friday morning to spend $105,000 on a new piece of public art by James Wille Faust. The authority created controversy in 2011 when it removed another piece by Faust from a prominent spot in the airport.
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Promoters of arts trail recast vision

July 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A mural slated for one wall of the Broad Ripple parking garage will be the first new artwork within view of the Central Canal Towpath, which a group of north-side institutions would like to rebrand as the Art2Art trail.
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Glass magic coming to end for venerable Fox StudiosRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Scott Olson
Fox Studios Inc., the venerable stained glass company whose work is on display at countless churches throughout the state and even the Indiana Statehouse, is closing.
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Hamilton County wants squirrels on parade

June 15, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Inspired by more than 100,000 migratory squirrels that swarmed through Westfield and Fishers in the 1820s, a group of up-and-coming Hamilton County leaders is working on a public-art initiative celebrating the bushy-tailed rodents.
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Airport installs three contemporary pieces of artRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
The works in the main ticketing hall and concourse B are on display through Aug. 4.
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Airport refreshing art offeringsRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A new feature is being added to the controversial LED screen installed more than a year ago, and the concourses will get new non-video art.
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Group forms to challenge arts corridor along canalRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Dan Human
Save Our Scenic Central Canal, led by local activist Clarke Kahlo, is objecting to the proposed Art2Art project that would develop and decorate 4-1/2 miles along the Central Canal towpath.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Big Car director helps drive growth

June 27, 2012
Mason King
LQ_Walker_WatchVideoThe Big Car arts collective is shifting into a higher gear, with a budget this year of $250,000, a new westside events hub, and a paid staff that no longer fits into a sedan. Executive Director Jim Walker provides a front-seat view.
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Innovate Indy nurtures community-improvement ideas

June 21, 2012
Ellen Kobe
Innovate Indy, a program of the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center and Public Allies Indianapolis, encourages citizens to act on their ideas for improving the city. One of the most promising ideas to result: Re-Hub, which aims to reuse materials from abandoned homes.
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CityWay developer funding downtown murals

May 30, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The CityWay development is generating more work for artists—this time three Indiana muralists who will paint the facades of downtown-Indianapolis rail bridges.
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Plan seeks to turn towpath into arts corridorRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city of Indianapolis and private-sector players are lining up behind an effort to rebrand the Central Canal Towpath as an art-themed destination dubbed Art 2 Art by adding artwork and improving the trail.
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Cultural Trail leaders cancel plans for controversial statue

December 13, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Central Indiana Community Foundation and Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc. have pulled the plug on a controversial sculpture depicting a freed slave.
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High-profile art at airport removed for video wall

November 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Sponsors will pay for a controversial video-art installment that is replacing a prominent artwork on the bulkhead above the main escalator at Indianapolis International Airport.
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Decision nears on fate of freed-slave sculpture

October 7, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Controversy has swirled around a piece of art commissioned for the Cultural Trail’s $2 million public art program. What ultimately happens to Fred Wilson’s “E Pluribus Unum” sculpture of a freed slave could alienate local African-Americans who oppose it or draw the scorn of national art critics.
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Airport faces quick decision on public art

August 24, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Airport Authority is proceeding with plans to install a video advertising wall at the airport in early September and will need to make a controversial decision within the next week on whether it will replace a local artist's work.
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Cultural Trail unveils garage's million-dollar art installment

April 28, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The latest piece of art to be installed along downtown Indianapolis’ Cultural Trail will cost almost as much as the first eight displays combined.
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Wilson sculpture prompts talk about race, art

January 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Chicago-based Joyce Foundation has granted $50,000 to support the Central Indiana Community Foundation’s ongoing outreach efforts surrounding the controversial sculpture.
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Peace gardens slated for downtown

January 14, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Cultural Trail being built through the heart of downtown will include sculptural gardens dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln, an extension of the $2 million Glick Peace Walk.
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Fish sculpture poached from iconic IU fountain

August 12, 2010
Associated Press
A bronze fish that is part of the Bloomington campus's Showalter Fountain is missing just a year after it was replaced following an absence of more than 20 years.
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IMA plans arts installations along White River

July 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art will receive a $200,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant for a series of installations along a six-mile stretch of the White River.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 100 thoughts on 100 Acres

June 26, 2010
Lou Harry
Watch video icon for 100 Acres100 Acres, a new art and nature park, opened behind the Indianapolis Museum of Art June 19. This major addition to the city’s cultural and social landscape seemed worthy of at least 100 thoughts—and two videos.
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Downtown public art campaign loses fundingRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The organizations that spearheaded the city’s public art campaign are crippled for a lack of funding. While other public art efforts are under way in Indianapolis, no one organization has the money to commission an exhibit large enough to fill downtown.
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Corporate sculptures lauded as landmarks, investments

September 5, 2009
Gabrielle Poshadlo
In hard times like these, why would corporations spend on sculptures? Because sculptures create one-of-a-kind landmarks, and the art has potential to grow in value.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Rickey's sculptures, Phoenix's 'Zoomerville' advance Indy's art reputation

May 18, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, art in the wind and an original musical.
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