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Public Art

Visual Interest at Every Turn:
More than 40 Public Art Pieces

  • Columbus, Indiana's world-class public art compliments the collection of modern architecture for which the city is known. The newest installation of public art is Dale Chihuly's bold and colorful Sun Garden Panels in Suspended Circle. It is located at the Columbus Learning Center. (Also see Chihuly's Yellow Neon Chandelier & Persians on display at the Columbus Visitors Center.)
  • In addition to these masterpieces, loaned sculptures by nationally-known artists are on display throughout the downtown.



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2 Arcs de 212.5˚ -- "Red C"
300 Washington Street

Bernar Venet’s 2 Arcs de 212.5° -- also known as the "Red C" – is typical of his minimalist work in steel. Seemingly precariously balanced, this work, like his others, reflects his love of mathematics and his habit of investigating material, form, ba...

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Ancestral Way
3rd Street between Jackson and Lindsey Streets

Robert Pulley's 11 organic forms appear to march in procession along the hillside as visitors exit the city. The hand-built stoneware fired ceramic sculptures combine references to the human figure with organic and geologic forms.

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Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans
Courthouse Square

Twenty five limestone pillars, each 40-feet high, comprise the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans. Engraved on the columns are the names of those who gave their lives, along with excerpts from selected correspondence. Though large, the piece of...

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C - Wall Hanging
Interior of City Hall

Robert Indiana’s C Wall Hanging is indicative of his pop art pieces. It uses distinctive imagery in what he calls “sculptural poems.” The bold, simple representation melds the trendy with the philosophical, and centers around one basic focal point, i...

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Celebration

This whimsical piece features children in flight. Gary Price created the work which is clearly visible inside the lobby of Foundation for Youth.

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Chaos I
The Commons
300 Washington Street
Columbus, IN
Sculptor Jean Tinguely is known for his “kinetic” or moving sculptures. One of those is Chaos I. Tinguely used locally obtained materials and, under his supervision, local crafts people to build the sculpture. The work represents one of his main stat...

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Columbus Regional Hospital Photography Collection

An outstanding collection of fine photography is on view in the lobby and other public areas of the hospital, including several by Eliot Porter. The collection features landscape images by nationally-recognized photographic artists. While the photog...

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Crack the Whip
Corner of Brown and Second Bridge
NE of the Second Street Bridge

Jo Saylors sculpted this 4-foot tall bronze of four kids playing a children’s game. The piece is meticulous in detail, right down to the wrinkles in the clothes and the off-balance feel at the point in time depicted. Learn even more at the kid-at-...

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Daquqi
Robert Garton Plaza
2nd Street

Nine-ton Daquqi takes its name from a Rumi poem. The piece is made of concrete and stainless steel, and the stainless steel has been ground with circular patterns by the artist.

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Discovery
4601 Central Ave
Columbus, IN
Discovery is a kugel (kugel is "ball" in German) sculpture that combines water and stone, created by Kusser Granitwerke in Germany. The ball is three feet in diameter, carved from South African New Belfast black granite, and weighs over 2,000 pounds,...

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Downtown Murals

Post Office, Generations by Betty Boyle City Hall, Jack the Bum by Catherine Burris, Carl Miske: The Head River Rat by Lydia Burris, Charlie Kitzinger: Friend of the Orphans by Timothy Greatbatch, History by William T. Wiley, Tommy Warner (aka Sa...

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Eos
5th Street Median between Brown and Lindsey

Created by artist Dessa Kirk. In Greek mythology the winged Eos was the goddess of the dawn, and rose from her home at the edge of Oceanus, the Ocean, dispersed the mists of the night and opened the gates of heaven every day so her brother, Helios, t...

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Exploded Engine
Cummins Corporate Headquarters
500 Jackson St
Columbus, IN
Exploded Engine by Rudolph de Harak elucidates and entertains. The diesel engine is the centerpiece of the museum at the Cummins Corporate Headquarters. Nearly every nut and bolt is deconstructed to its smallest detail and hangs in midair, suspended ...

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Friendship Way
Friendship Alley
between 4th & 5th streets

Cork Marchessi, a San Francisco-based artist, created this colorful neon light sculpture as part of the Friendship Way project, a partnership with sister city Myoshi, Japan. It is most dramatic when viewed after dark.

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Halcyon
Columbus Regional Hospital
2400 17th Street
Columbus, IN
This limestone sculpture, by Indiana artist Todd Frahm, illustrates a dove emerging from the flood. The piece was dedicated to mark the aftermath of a devastating 2008 flood. It was dedicated to the caring staff, physicians, and volunteers who endur...

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Large Arch
Bartholomew County Public Library Plaza
536 5th Street

The arch was created by English Sculptor Henry Moore and is 20 feet tall, 12 feet wide and weighs 5 and ½ tons in 1971. It was sandcast in bronze in 50 sections in West Germany. He was inspired by nature and created the centerpiece for the library pl...

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Puddles and Frog Pond
Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp
2020 15th St
Columbus, IN
“Puddles and Frog Pond” is a realistic bronze sculpture by Jo Saylors. Except for the color of the work, the detail is painstakingly depicted on the edge of an actual pond. The work features a girl about to step into the water and a boy leaning forwa...

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Self-Made Man

A bronze sculpture created by Colorado artist Bobbie Carlyle, located inside the Columbus Learning Center.

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Skopos
Mill Race Park

Skopos, a Greek word loosely translated as "The Watcher," is a sculpture along the People Trails and in the city’s highly regarded Mill Race Park. By Rick Bauer, the steel sculpture is imposing, with sleek, curving lines.

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Sun Garden Panels in Suspended Circle
Columbus Learning Center
4555 Central Avenue

Glass artist Dale Chihuly created, painted, and boldly signed each of the 32 panels of translucent white plexiglass, positioned inside a round skylight. Each panel represents a form of one of Chihuly's blown-glass forms. Part of the
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The Family
Parkside Elementary

Harris Barron's stone sculpture. This piece is not open to the public.
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Transformation
4601 Central Ave
Columbus, IN
Created by artist Howard Meehan, Transformations is a nearly 30-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture with three pillars of lighted glass and a polished steel ring. The surrounding concrete wall features a quote by Benjamin Disraeli.

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Yellow Neon Chandelier and Persians
Interior of the Columbus Area Visitors Center
506 Fifth Street
Columbus, IN
“Yellow Neon Chandelier & Persians,” by internationally known glass artist Dale Chihuly, is 900 pieces of hand blown glass in four shades of yellow. The piece is nine feet tall and six feet across at its widest point. It has 50-feet of neon and weigh...

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Yellowwood Coral
Bartholomew County Recycling Center
Mapleton Street

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 formatio...

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