Indy gets ”Tagged” by Commission

Indy gets ”Tagged” by Commission

By: Kris Kleinknight Yes people; Indianapolis has Street Art!  It’s all over the place and new pieces keep popping up!  There are sculptures, digital and electronic installments, and murals galore.  Mayor Ballard started the “Take out the Gray” campaign in 2013 to help create exciting neighborhoods and travel corridors.  This began with the Velocity plan, a community-driven five-year action plan sponsored by Downtown Indy to lead the development of central Indianapolis. Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Downtown Indy have joined forces to fund and create painted mural artwork in these gateway underpasses, in a civic-led initiative called “Vibrant Corridors.” Vibrant Corridors transforms ugly gray underpasses into beautiful community assets, employs artists, engages local businesses as suppliers, and motivates community volunteers to improve the city. An essential partner in Vibrant Corridors is Lilly Corporation, who provides a significant volunteer corps through its annual Eli Lilly Global Day of Service and Indy Do Day. In addition there are some very surprising installments around Indy.  In particular, the street art graffiti by Nick Walker found in the parking garage at the Alexander.  Yes – the Parking Garage!  Mr. Walker’s work can be found on each floor.  Look around into nooks, corners, stairwells, doors, and walls.  Nick’s work is surprisingly similar to Banksie who brought international attention and acclaim to this art form as seen in this documentary Exit through the Gift Shop. Ms. Pink’s Recollections at 907 N Penn Charlotte “Pink” Cathcart wrote a manuscript called Indianapolis From Our Old Corner, about her reminisces of living in the St. Joe neighborhood, and included photographs she herself had taken to document the changes she saw during the years she lived there.  The book was published by the Indiana Historical Society in 1965 and is now an invaluable source of information about the Indianapolis of the past. There were 46 murals commissioned and completed around downtown Indy for Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.  Even more have emerged since then.  You can easily find info via Google as to what and where they may be.  Set a Saturday aside; map out your own tour and enjoy! Murals In and Near Indianapolis

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