Permanent Public Art


The Tent – 500 Festival 50th Anniversary Legacy Art Project

by Donald Lipski — Chicago, Illinois (New York, New York)

The Tent is one of our permanent art sculptures located near Celebration Plaza.  It is the 500 Festival’s gift to the community and pays tribute to community and volunteer spirit during the Festival’s first 50 impacting years.  The 500 Festival was formed by a group of community leaders to celebrate the Indianapolis 500 in 1957.  The Tent stands 43’ tall and 14’ wide.  It is a wind activated sculpture built from tubular stainless steel, has nearly 500 panels of polished stainless steel, and is painted on the outside of each with 23 bright colors. The 500 Festival 50th Anniversary Legacy Art Project was dedicated on December 2, 2008.  The art was created by internationally-renowned artist Donald Lipski.


Bison Plaza

From Celebration Plaza greenspace stroll West across our Historic Old Washington Street Pedestrian Bridge to arrive at Bison Plaza — just before our Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens large iron gate backside entrance.  Nestled amid seasonal foliage with a magnificent metal bison art statue, this plaza garden hardscape and softscape creates a unique environment.


Flora Metalica

by Douglas M. Gruizenga — Interlochen, Michigan

The artist intends to welcome various interpretations of all viewers, bringing their experiences and understanding to the sculpture.  Through his work, he studies absolutes and variables of form, creating sculptures that are predominately based on utilitarian, man-made items, rather than objects of nature.  Gruizenga enjoys visiting his sculptures after a fresh snow to see footprints of viewers who’ve taken time to observe his work.  “Each person goes on about their life with an experience, good or bad, based on their understanding of the sculpture.”  Gruizenga’s a Western Michigan University graduate with a Master of Arts in Sculpture.  After working as a psychiatric social worker for 19 years, he returned to his roots in sculpture and began working with aluminum.  The artist finds it a humbling honor to communicate with people every day through his pieces.


Linear V

by Jarrett K. Hawkins — Deer Park, Ohio

Linear V is based on natural process — natural mechanics of human vision as demonstrated through line and pattern, figure and ground.  This artistic approach simulates processes in the larger natural world, such as the shapes created by erosion or the meandering of a river.  Linear V takes full advantage of its three dimensionality, changing with every viewpoint and by changes in lighting and weather conditions throughout the day.  The artist began his career as a stone sculptor in the 1970s, followed by a career building custom cabinetry and furniture.  In the 1980s, he pursued a long-time interest in bronze casting and began his own multi-media studio.  Hawkins & Hawkins Custom, an in-house production studio, is equipped with a full foundry, metalworking shop, woodworking facility, and stone yard.  Check-in and visit here for more artist information.


Sky Waltz

by John Mishler — Goshen, Indiana

Originally Sky Waltz was part of the Sculpture in Park exhibitions.  At the conclusion of its program, the Park added the piece to its permanent collection of sculptures.  The linear shapes of the piece suggest the jet engine trails that are often seen in the sky.  The artist’s sculpture is also kinetic as the top turns in the wind and passes through the stationary part of the piece.  The sculpture is made of textured welded aluminum, much of which has been recycled.  The round aluminum tubes were originally light poles.  Mishler, a nationally renowned sculptor, specializes in using common metals in creating his symbolic and abstract works of art.  Sculptures that incorporate kinetic energy and moving parts are his signature.  He has many works in public and private collections, including Chicago.



by Rinaldo Paluzzi — Madrid, Spain (1927-2013)

Totem, is a public artwork by American-Spanish artist Rinaldo Paluzzi, located in Celebration Plaza.  The sculpture is made of stainless steel and is a triangular shaped vertical “tube” with triangular and trapezoidal cut-outs in the steel.  The piece sits centered atop a concrete circle, 40 feet in diameter, with a sundial face.  The piece was constructed in 1982 and dedicated November 9 1982.  It was copyrighted 1983.

More about the Artist:

Rinaldo Paluzzi died at the age of 85 on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  An internationally-known artist, he was perhaps best recognized in Indiana for his 1982 work Totem, a 32 x 5 x 5 foot steel sculpture which stands sentinel in White River State Park a few hundred yards from his alma mater (IUPUI Herron School of Art + Design).

According to the Herron Chronicle, Paluzzi, a native of Greensburg, PA, graduated in 1957 with an M.F.A. degree and a “top $2,000 Tiffany grant.”  Since the Tiffany grant could be used without restrictions, Paulzzi, his wife, Claudine Kelsey Paluzzi, whom he met at Herron, and their three young daughters used the money to partially pay for a year in Italy.  Upon their return, Gallery 1444, just two blocks from Herron, devoted a show to “all 65 of the paintings” he had finished during that year.  Wes Montgomery, undiscovered at the time, played “Jazz in the Gallery.”

Paluzzi’s works are in dozens of permanent collections, from the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at the Smithsonian to the Union Fenosa Museum of Contemporary Art in Coruna, Spain.

According to its website, Indianapolis Museum of Art showed his work three times between 1963 and 1974.

Upon learning of Paluzzi’s passing, Robert Whitt, the Executive Director of White River State Park, said “I am saddened by the passing of Rinaldo Paluzzi.  His Totem sculpture is an iconic landmark, and an enduring legacy, at White River State Park.  It will continue to be enjoyed by scores of visitors from throughout Indiana, the nation, and the world.”

A Vimeo posting of Paluzzi in his studio is available at



Yellow Butterfly

by James Havens — Woodville, Ohio

Yellow Butterfly exudes simplicity. James Havens creates his work with the artistic philosophy that “less is more.”  Inspired by nature, Havens designed this sculpture to stand alone with minimal explanation, as he intends for all his pieces.  Havens attended Lincoln Welding School in Cleveland, Ohio.  He is a certified plate and pipe welder.  He currently serves as an artistic welding instructor at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio.  Havens also owns and operates Havens Studio and The Rose Bronze Foundry.

Temporary Public Art


Meet & Greet

by Leslie (Les) Bruning — Omaha, Nebraska

MEET & GREET is one of a series of sculptures that I refer to as “street conservations.”  In a civil society, we need to talk to each other in an open and friendly way if we are to co-exist peacefully.  In this sculpture, the faces come face-to-face with each other as the interactive cranks are manually turned.  This artwork demands participation to create the daily activity of facing our fellow citizens, and the turning of the cranks will also trigger a sound track of four short sentences that will be repeated each time the crank restarts.  The sentences are:  Effort has its rewards.  Rewards give us pleasure.  Pleasure wins us friends.  Friends make life rewarding.  $ TBD


Fortitude III

by Mark Krucke — Raleigh, North Carolina

The artist is captivated by human curiosity within nature.  It is a limitless subject.  Mark Krucke believes we are forever becoming more familiar with ourselves and our surroundings.  The space where we end and another begins is still part of us.  Do we ever end?  The negative space this form creates is as much part of the sculpture as the material.  This piece describes that.  It is an evolving porthole.  Is it the past or the future?  Are we ever in the present?  Nothing will always be something.  $ TBD



by Robert Pulley — Columbus, Ohio

“Ascending”, “Serpent” and “Daughter of the Moon”, “Nokomis” are the latest in a large body of work combining references to geology, organic growth, and the human figure in abstract, expressionistic sculptures inspired by nature.  Their segmentation, the striation of coil building and the picked textures create a sense of age and loss that contrasts to their strength and energy.  $ TBD



by Eric Nordgluen — Indianapolis, Indiana

Mr. Nordgluen is interested in the canoe as an associative object that can bring to mind issues that relate to history, exploration, and the importance of our waterways.  The topiary characteristics of the canoe are intended to emphasize the importance of nature, growth, and the relationship to the White River.  The aluminum construction of the canoe is contemporary and relates to technology.  The wood stand is reminiscent of historic trestle or bridge construction and establishes a link to the past.  It is the artist’s hope that each person who views the sculpture has an opportunity to contemplate their ideas and attitudes about these topics, in order to consider their relationship to the world we live in.  $ TBD



by Gail Simpson and Aristotle Georgieades — Stoughton, Wisconsin

PLENTY is based in the form of a cornucopia, an image that is often used historically in art in conjunction with a profusion of fruit, vegetables, nuts, and other edible material.  It seems like an appropriate image to convey all that is best about the Midwest — both in terms of the community and landscape.  Built from salvaged barn woods, the piece is iconic, visually beautiful and connected to the agricultural past as well as forward-looking to include current thoughts about food production.  It is large enough to contain both ideas and people.  The conceptual underpinnings of the sculpture have to do with the rewards for the extremely hard work and dedication necessary for agricultural world and rural life — not just the food products that sustain us, but the sense of camaraderie and connection.  It is a reminder of the “culture” part of “agriculture.”  $ TBD

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by Ray Katz — Pontiac, Michigan

Artist Ray Katz has worked in many mediums, but metal remains his passion. Metal is best suited for his work because of its strength, malleability, and inherent beauty. Katz combines geometric and organic elements to create compositions that convey the implied energy found in his work. He uses the abstract manipulation of form and shape in space to create visual balance, using rhythm, action, and movement. The implied energy of his composition structures has become a hallmark of Katz’s work and is a metaphor for an evolutionary process that he associates with human experience.  $ 65,000