Sneak peek at "Great Ideas"

January 30, 2008
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Elsewhere at, Jennifer Whitson reports on the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ selection of two projects as winners in this year’s “Great Ideas” contest.

She writes: “Indianapolis-based sculptor Jeffrey Martin wants to build two stylized silos along the Monon Trail, just south of the Indiana State Fairgrounds.  "Urban Silos" would include reflective material lining the inside and a viewing bench where pedestrians could sky gaze.

Hammond-based artist Tom Torluemke will work with a neighborhood around Kennedy-King Park to plan, make and then install a luminary display made up of 55-gallon white drums with patterns drilled into them.”

I thought you might want to get a first look at the plans for both projects.

Your thoughts? 
  • These won a contest?

    Indy has put some great public art out there in the past few years, but I'm flummoxed as to what perceived aesthetic value these have. Was this the Year of the Metal Cylinder or something? The area of the Monon that's south of the Fairgrounds is ugly enough already, and these silos look like they'd simply blend into the atmosphere of industrial detritus.

    Don't get me wrong . . . I've seen some compelling art made from junk. This stuff, however, just looks like junk.
  • How interesting! I love both ideas and they have connections to a scupture we are currently installing at the Indianapolis Art Center. We are installing Empire Towers, two 15 foot stainles steel towers on the east side of the building. The towers were done by artist RM Fischer and inspired by grain elevators and silos. They are full of hundresd of hole and lite from inside and will serve as beacons to connect the Monon with the Indianapolis Art Center. I grew up in the midwest and always considered grain elevators as our skyscrapers! I can't wait to see the finished sculptures!

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