Julia Muney Moore, the director of Public Art for the Arts Council of Indianapolis, shared some insights about the stops on their public art bike tour. All descriptions are from Moore. These are a few of the stops on the Canal / IUPUI tour.
“Looking Through Windows” by Michael Kuschnir (2012)
Located: corner of Blackford and Indiana.
“This piece reproduces an assortment of window forms seen along Indiana Avenue as well as more generic window forms, and combines them with colored acrylic sheeting. The inspiration came from the artists’ discussion with people who live near the site: They talked both about the past and the future, and the piece was designed so that viewers and the neighboring community could look at the city through each others’ ‘lenses.’”
“The Tent” by Donald Lipski (2008)
Located: White River State Park.
“Commissioned by the 500 Festival in honor of their 50th anniversary, this piece was inspired by the many colors of the month of May in Indianapolis. The colored metal panels move with the wind, which makes them look as if they are celebratory flags flying.”
“Quetzalcoatl Returns to Look in the Mirror” by Hector Duarte (2012)
Located: Downtown Canal at Ohio Street Basin.
“Part of the 46 for XLVI mural initiative commissioned by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Duarte’s mural shows the Mesoamerican deity Quetzalcoatl, the Plumed Serpent, returning to earth to look at himself in a mirror. Quetzalcoatl has been described as the creator-god, the god of the arts, civilization and knowledge. For Duarte, this is a moment of self-reflection, and a moment to reflect on history and the course of civilization.”
“East Gate, West Gate,” by Sasson Soffer (1973)
Located: IUPUI campus.
“Typical of the 1970s sculpture aesthetic, this sculpture consists of two spirals welded and bolted together. It is a composition of pure form and movement.”
“Talking Wall” by Bernard Williams (2015)
Located: IUPUI Campus.
“Bernard Williams’ projects investigate the complexities of American history and culture. This sculpture is an open-ended conversation about the African-American history of Indianapolis: a “talking wall” in which elements speak both to each other and to the viewer. The patterns are derived from traditional African decorative carving and textiles as well as from African-American quilt making. Individual symbols reference nationally recognized historical figures such as Madame C.J. Walker, Major Taylor and Wes Montgomery. The sculpture is crowned by a representation of the North Star, a symbol of the African-American historical and contemporary quest for freedom and dignity. The artwork site was once one of the original ward public schools, serving an exclusively African American student body after 1922.”