Public Art and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail

Public Art

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick connects the vibrancy of the five downtown Cultural Districts. Along the 7.5-mile path, Cultural Trail users will pass by and pass through the many cultural destinations that make Indianapolis a recognized leader in the arts community.

Currently $2 million (over 5% of the construction budget) has been allocated to public art -- a major design component of the Cultural Trail. The Arts Council of Indianapolis leads the Public Art Team to oversee selection of artists and outdoor site-specific public art.

Through a Curatorial Advisory Committee comprised of local curators of contemporary art, local artists, and relevant design professionals, the Public Art Team will work with neighborhood stakeholders to commission projects that reflect the unique characteristics of each of the five downtown Cultural Districts.

Guiding the team's effort is a mission to create a world-class, 21st century icon and an unprecedented model for multi-modal transportation systems in urban areas. The goal is to enhance existing art and interpret the established artistic flair of the districts with the new art.

Curatorial Advisory Committee members:

For more information on the art and culture of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, send your comments and questions to or visit the Trail office at Union Station.

First permanent art installation illuminated January 22, 2008

A new animated artwork by internationally renowned artist Julian Opie, titled “Ann Dancing,” now has a permanent home in the Mass Ave Cultural District. The four-sided light emitting display (LED) is installed outside the Old Point Tavern.

Gene and Marilyn Glick Luminary Monuments

In addition to the $15 million gift to help fund the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Gene and Marilyn Glick gave a $1.5 million gift to create a series of luminary monuments. The lighted art will become a tribute to the people who have contributed the most to mankind in peaceful pursuits.