by: Donna Metallic Giving back IDO Incorporated has provided in-kind services to the Greater YMCA of Indianapolis for over eight years. YMCA’s vision of balancing mind, body and spirit aligns with our own company core values, making our partnership a good fit, as well as a great way to give back to our city. While we have worked with 11 YMCA centers, we are currently working on the YMCA at CityWay which will open in downtown Indianapolis in December 2015. The YMCA at CityWay art project is collaboration with IUPUI Heron School of Art + Design staff, the YMCA senior executive staff and grant writer, and Stephanie Cochran, a Heron student and winner of a public art competition through the Basile Center of Public Art. By winning the competition, Cochran’s sculpture will be installed as a focal point in the center. Life is full of fascinating paths, but the influence of Stephanie’s father, John Reed, former Director of Flat Rock YMCA facility, played an integral part in the winning presentation to the Basile Center for Art Design and Public Life jury. Stephanie’s life as a YMCA child gave her the ability to understand the true mind, body and spirit connection of the client’s vision and thus transformed her passion for public art into a piece that inspires us to pause- a place to be- to slow down, reflect and listen before rushing to our next destination. Cochran’s sculpture will consist of 67 pieces that will hang from the parapet which is 32’ in the air. The painted metal pipes and painted acrylic discs create the forest canopy to create a sense of balance and rhythm in the space. There is an audio component to the sculpture and a stone bench will reside on the first floor, so that patrons can sit and pause. Stephanie’s inspiration came from various areas of her life, but much of her vision is traced back to the time she spent at the Flat Rock YMCA. The disc pattern comes from the tree canopy at Flat Rock, and the stone bench is inspired by the blue river rock on the beds of the creek. The piece is an opportunity for her to give back to YMCA, one of the principal formative influences in her life. Cochran’s piece is a testimony to the impact the YMCA has on its patrons. Our company is proud to support such a positive community resource, and is happy to use our design skills to support an organization as admirable as the YMCA. See more images on Facebook River Grove Public Art Project.