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Modern Totem, by Martin Beach - Columbus Indiana
Modern Totem, by Martin Beach - Columbus Indiana
Modern Totem, Martin Beach
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Library Plaza, between Visitors Center and Library
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Columbus sculptor Martin Beach created the 8,000-pound mesabi black granite, which came from a Babbit, Minnesota quarry. The sculpture is an obelisk form consisting of two stacked, black granite stones, creating a modern and minimal interpretation of a totem, an ancient symbol of community, gathering, and family. “At the same time, I am implying that extension of the vertical infinite, creating an upward swirl of motion that forms a fluctuating visual energy,” said sculptor Beach. “My hope is the sculpture is not interpreted as a static and stoic form, but one that is very much alive.” The library’s stone steps came from the same quarry as these granite stones.

Dale Chihuly at the Columbus Visitors Center, 1996 - Columbus, Indiana
Persians, Dale Chihuly
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Located inside the Columbus Area Visitors Center, 506 Fifth Street, Columbus
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Persians, a common form used by Seattle glass artist Dale Chihuly, are visually fascinating with their curious old-world influence and powerful use of color. The hand-spun glass plates are installed within the two-story bay window surrounding an open staircase at the Columbus Area Visitors Center. Installed alongside Chihuly’s Yellow Neon Chandelier, the Persians were a gift from J. Irwin and Xenia Miller in 1995.

The second photo is of Dale Chihuly, when he visited the Columbus Visitors Center in 1996.

 

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  • You can buy your own Chihuly glass! The Columbus Visitors Center is an exclusive reseller of original Chihuly glass, go HERE to find out more.
Self-Made Man, Bobbie Carlyle - Columbus, Indiana
Self-Made Man, Bobbie Carlyle - Columbus, Indiana
Self-Made Man, Bobbie Carlyle
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Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Avenue
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A bronze sculpture that was created by Colorado artist Bobbie Carlyle. Located inside the Learning Center.

Sermon on the Mount tapestry, Eliel and Loja Saarinen - Columbus, Indiana
Sermon on the Mount tapestry, Eliel and Loja Saarinen - Columbus, Indiana
Sermon on the Mount tapestry, Eliel and Loja Saarinen
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First Christian Church, Columbus
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The Sermon on the Mount tapestry was designed by Eliel and Loja Saarinen, woven by Loja Saarinen and a group of weavers at the Cranbrook Academy, and installed in 1942. The tapestry depicts 13 colorfully-robed people stand amongst vines and branches with birds, sheep, and other animals. They gaze up towards Jesus who has many arcs and halos irradiating from him. It hangs in the sanctuary to the proper left of the large wooden cross. When it was installed, it was the largest hand-woven tapestry in the United States.

 

Skopos, Rick Bauer - photo by Yvette Kuhlman - Columbus, Indiana
Skopos, Rick Bauer - photo by Larry Brackney - Columbus, Indiana
Skopos, RIck Bauer
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Mill Race Park, Columbus
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Created by local artist, Rick Bauer, Skopos translates as “the watcher” in Greek, the name selected through a local contest. During the flood of 2008, the one-ton work floated away (it hadn’t been secured to its base since it was so heavy) and was found downstream weeks later. Bauer returned to Columbus to oversee the restoration and re-installation. Bauer also created “Cannon,” located in Donner Park.

Dale Chihuly, Sun Garden Panels - Columbus, Indiana
Dale Chihuly, Sun Garden Panels - Columbus, Indiana - photo by S. Errera
Sun Garden Panels, Dale Chihuly
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Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Avenue, Columbus
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Sun Garden in Suspended Circle was created by artist Dale Chihuly, who painted and signed each of the 32 plexiglas drawings positioned inside a round skylight and backlit by the sun. Each drawing depicts one of Chihuly’s series. Any Chihuly fan will want to make the quick trip to the Columbus Learning Center, where this unique artwork is on view. The piece was commissioned to fit the unique space.

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  • You can buy your own Chihuly glass! The Columbus Visitors Center is an exclusive reseller of original Chihuly glass, go HERE to find out more.
Transformation, Howard Meehan - Columbus, Indiana
Transformation, Howard Meehan - Columbus, Indiana
Transformation, Howard Meehan
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4601 Central Ave, Columbus
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Created by artist Howard Meehan, Transformation is a stainless steel sculpture with three pillars of lighted glass and a polished steel ring. The surrounding concrete wall features a quote by Benjamin Disraeli. Meehan said the three panes of glass represent life, liberty, and the pursuit of learning, as well as the collaboration between IUPUC, Ivy Tech, and the City of Columbus.

Meehan said, “The benchmark is so high in this little community. I talk to a lot of architects, friends of mind, and they are very envious of me doing a project in this community because it’s such an outstanding place for art and architecture. So I’m very proud to have a piece here, very very proud.”

When I Was Your Age, J. Seward Johnson Jr. - photo by Rhonda Bolner
When I Was Your Age, J. Seward Johnson Jr. - photo by Rhonda Bolner
When I Was Your Age, J. Seward Johnson Jr.
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Faurecia Plant, 950 West 450 South, Columbus
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Created by J. Seward Johnson Jr. and now located at Faurecia, this piece was commissioned by Arvin for display in remembrance of their very first product, a tire pump. It originally sat on the traffic circle at the former Arvin HQ (now Bartholomomew Consolidated School Corporation Headquarters) on Central Avenue. Cast in bronze using a real ca, the clothing on the human figures is actual clothing preserved using a patina and lacquer process that the artist developed. When this statue was moved from its original location, it was completely restored.

Dale Chihuly, Chandelier - Columbus Indiana Visitors Center
Dale Chihuly, Chadelier - Columbus Indiana Visitors Center
Yellow Neon Chandelier, Dale Chihuly
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Located inside the Columbus Area Visitors Center, 506 Fifth Street, Columbus
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Yellow Neon Chandelier, by artist Dale Chihuly, contains 900 hand-blown elements in shades of vibrant yellow. The installation is nine feet tall and six feet across at its widest point. It has 50-feet of neon and weighs 1,200 pounds.

 

Related
  • You can buy your own Chihuly! The Columbus Visitors Center is an exclusive reseller of original Chihuly glass, go HERE to find out more.
Yellowwood Coral, Lucy Slivinski - Columbus, Indiana
Yellowwood Coral, Lucy Slivinski - Columbus, Indiana
Yellowwood Coral, Lucy Slivinski
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Bartholomew County Recycling Center, Mapleton Street
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Lucy Slivinski assembled this on the lawn of City Hall in 2006, and it now resides at the Columbus Recycling Center. The piece incorporates scrap metal found locally and bike frames from Chicago, her hometown. The name was inspired by fungal formations seen by the artist while she was hiking in the Yellowwood Forest near Columbus.