During your travels in Indiana, you’re likely to spy all kinds of eye-catching public art. From murals of well-known Hoosiers, tributes to the past or sculptures by famous or local artists, it’s all on display
“Beautiful murals that span whole alley walls and new innovative sculptures are truly making this state a premier art destination,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch.
“Art and culture not only make destinations attractive but help shape the cultural identity of a community and our state,” said Misty Weisensteiner, director of Visit Indiana.
Here are several examples of public art in the Hoosier State.
Eleven new murals, spread across 11 different counties, were recently unveiled over 11 days as part of the “Make it Your Own Mural Fest.” The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, in collaboration with Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne Inc., launched this concept as a first of its kind in the State of Indiana to build on the quality of place efforts accelerated by the Regional Cities Initiative.
Condé Nast Traveler called Columbus one of the world’s best cities for architecture lovers. The city claims a collection that features some of the biggest names in modern art and architecture. The visitor’s guide lists over 90 buildings and pieces of public art by internationally-noted architects and artists.
A mural in downtown Indianapolis presents NBA and Pacers legend Reggie Miller with his iconic shooting form. A little outside of downtown, and you can smell the roses at Chatham Passage on Massachusetts Avenue or view one of many modern-day murals and sculptures in Fountain Square.
Dozens of public murals can be seen along the streets of Richmond. Each one pays tribute to Richmond’s historical past, creativity and culture. Most of the murals can be found in Downtown Richmond and at the Historic Depot.
In Jeffersonville, the NoCo Arts and Cultural District is the town’s whimsical point of interest. Makers, historians and inventors live there and are working to transform the area. Picasso Pointe is a pocket park in the heart of the district perfect for inspiration, with all sorts of fun activities. You can’t miss the soul-piercing Water Tank Mural, painted by Wilfred Sieg III.
The South Bend/Mishawaka area is full of sculptures and art pieces. Touchdown Jesus at the Hesburgh Library on the campus of Notre Dame is one of the most famous murals in the world. In Seitz Park, the River Lights Plaza is a sight to behold. Color dances from two interactive light sculptures on either side of the river, amplifying the majestic cascade of water, joined with a third sculpture highlighting the exquisite Keeper of the Fire statue. The river lights have been removed for construction but will return in 2021.
Angola holds an exciting new art installment with Imagine Alley, which sits between two businesses on the Public Square. Two high schoolers wanted to spruce up the town, and Imagine Alley certainly does with murals, hanging plants, tables, chairs and stools.