New downtown art arrives April 21

April 6, 2009
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IBJ reporter Kathleen McLaughlin chimes in with an update on the latest downtown public art showcase: 


Installation of "George Rickey: An Evolution" begins April 21 at 10 locations downtown. Printed guides will be available May 1, and the show opens officially on May 5. Funded by the Lilly Endowment and Cultural Development Commission, the towering, kinetic sculptures will be at 10 downtown locations until September.

Here are the locations that the Arts Council of Indianapolis announced today:

1. "Annular Eclipse V," 2000, will be on the northeast corner of Monument Circle and East Market streets at Chase Tower

2. "Four L’s Excentric II," 1987-1990 will be at Christ Church, 55 Monument Circle

3. "Two Planes Vertical Horizontal IV," 1974, will be at the M&I Plaza, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., the southeast corner of Penn. and Ohio.

4. "Two Rectangles Horizontal Jointed Gyratory," 1994, will be at City Market, 222 E. Market St., across from the City-County Building.

5. "Three Squares Gyratory," 1971, will be at the northeast corner of Delaware and Washington streets, the south side of the City-County Building.

6. "Column of Four Squares Excentric Gyratory III, Var. II," 1990, will be at the Broadbent Building, 117 E. Washington St., the southeast corner of Washington and Penn.

7. "Six Lines in a T II," 1964-79, will be at Allen Plaza, 1 Virginia Ave., the northeast corner of Virginia and Penn.

8. "Space Churn with Octagon," 1971, will be at Circle Centre Mall, over the garage entrance off Washington, between Meridian and Illinois.

9. "Rectangles Horizontal, Jointed, Big, Thin, Small," 1990, will be at Capitol Commons, 10 S. Capitol Ave., between Washington and Maryland.

10. "Breaking Column II," 1989, will also be at Capitol Commons.
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  • Why can't we ever get new PERMANENT pieces?
  • Hey, sometimes the temporary art becomes permanent. We were able to get Ann Dancing by Julian Opie to forever grace the corner of Mass, Vermont, and Alabama . . . much to the personal annoyance of Mr. Lou Harry. ;-)

    These new pieces seem very promising. A notable improvement on a bunch of used tires.
  • I agree there should be some more permanent, but I also like changing them out like we're doing now.
  • Does this city have any classical artist?
    I'm not trying to bash modern art, I am just asking if such skill exists in this city and perhaps we have neglected it?
    What about some neoclassical statues by local artist?
    Do we have any artist who could carve out Venus or perhaps some notable Indianapolis figures?
    I'd like for our new art to have diversity and not everything be of the same style.
    I'd hate to see local skill die because it is 'too old' or 'conservative'.
    Also, these are temporary styles, they are not meant to be there forever.
    If they were, I think the public would want them to be timeless, but they come and go, that is what makes it interesting.
  • I know that some have made fun of the Chakira Booker sculptures using tires as material but I think they are brilliant! AND, they are so fitting, enchanting,engaging and envigorating for a city that has tied much of its image on car racing. Again, brilliant.

    I wish someone would raise the funds to keep two or three here permanently.

    In addition to the dancing neon lady -- didn't some of those Otterness pieces wind up being installed permanently?

    Isn't there a sculpture somewhere by Meryl Streep's husband who is from Indiana? Can someone let me know about it?
  • This is an artists work. It has to be bought, that is how they live. We do have two of the bronze works from two years ago and ANN Dancing from over a year ago. They were purchased, and are now permanent pieces.
  • Any classic artists?.... At all?...
  • Classic art? Wouldn't the countless monuments in this city count as that?
  • Shane, couldn't the same be said about modern art? We have a few pieces, why not stop?
    Shouldn't we encourage and engage such skill? Why should we neglect it or exclude it because we have 'countless monuments'?
    Art is art, whether it is classic or abstract. A city of art must be diverse.
    We should have some artists sculpting classic fountains while some artists are finding some new and amazing way to express human emotion!
    To neglect our classic artists is wrong; to let such skill die or go unknown is a shame!
    I think it is a sad day for this city when the ONLY classic artwork is a century old and we let such skill die.

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