This has been a big couple of weeks for public sculpture in Indianapolis. First came the unveiling of Peter Shelton's monumental works at the Central Library. And on May 5, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, with support from the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission, will open a public art exhibition of 10 stainless steel kinetic sculptures by the late George Rickey in a variety of downtown locations.
Rickey, who was born in 1907 in South Bend, designed sculptures with parts that respond to the slightest air currents. His work has been internationally recognized and shares a kindred spirit with sculpture by fellow artists David Smith and Alexander Calder. Some of the pieces are over 20 feet tall.
The Indianapolis Art Center will host an exhibition including 55 artworks by Rickey in June. For the downtown exhibit, there is a dedicated Web site (paindy.org/rickey), as well as free printed and online maps and walking tours. Printed maps are available at the Artsgarden, downtown museums, cultural venues and hotels and Central, College, Glendale and Haughville libraries. Get outside, take a walk and see some art.