Public Art

LOU'S VIEWS: Booking art on the library's pedestals

May 4, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, new artwork in front of the Central Library, and a Pulitzer-winning play at IRT.
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Chakaia Booker tire art might replace Opie'sRestricted Content

September 10, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
As Julian Opie's pop art sculptures get carted away this week, officials are in talks with New York City artist Chakaia Booker about featuring her work in next year's public art blowout. Booker's shtick-sculptures created entirely from used tires.
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Arts Council ready to play matchmakerRestricted Content

February 5, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
Leaders of the 20-year-old Arts Council of Indianapolis want to broaden the organization's approach to arts advocacy. They say they'd like to act as a cultural broker of sorts, making sure local artists are connected with possible patrons.
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National Guard proposing new monumentRestricted Content

January 29, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
The Indiana National Guard wants to build a downtown monument to commemorate its centuries of history. But concerns over design threaten to derail the $2.5 million proposal before it gets off the drawing board.
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Circle Truss proposed as gateway landmarkRestricted Content

January 1, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
The Arch welcomes visitors to St. Louis. San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge ushers in the masses. And soon the Circle Gateway Truss could greet travelers entering downtown Indianapolis.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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