Arts Council names ‘Great Ideas’ winners

The Arts Council of Indianapolis selected a large luminary project and a pair of open-topped silos as the winners of this year’s “Great Ideas” public art competition. The artists behind the ideas each will get $18,000 to bring their proposals to life.

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. When lit, the display will be “symbolic of affirmation, initiative and gratitude,” Torluemke said.

Both pieces will be installed this year. This is the second round of the Great Ideas competition, which is open to artists statewide.

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