January 18, 2023

Artists wanted for new project on Stutz building downtown

Artists are wanted for a permanent public art installation project at the Stutz building in downtown Indianapolis. - matthieu-comoy-koo-Stutz Building

Artists are wanted for a permanent public art installation project at the Stutz building in downtown Indianapolis.

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Artists are wanted for a permanent public art installation project at the Stutz building in downtown Indianapolis.

Public Art Committee Chair Polina Osherov, said there are a few restrictions because the buildings are historic.

“The insulation needs to be outdoors, obviously, and some sort of 3D structures, which we're envisioning, due to the historic restrictions because of the building being historic,” Osherov said. “It can't be anything that goes on the walls or is attached to the walls.”

The building itself is in an area in downtown that is currently still underdeveloped and provides a lot of opportunity.

“Good public art is maybe not as abundant downtown as it would like to be,” Osherov said. “I think it's always great to contribute to the overall beauty of a downtown”.

Deadline for artists to apply is Feb. 5. The project budget is $117,000 for the artwork and all supplies, travel, consulting fees, and equipment needed for installation.

Developer SomeraRoad is contributing $123,210 to public art in Indianapolis, of which $6,000 will be allocated to the Indianapolis public art fund.

SomeraRoad acquired the 1912 building at the beginning of 2021 and is investing $100 million to modernize the 110-year-old former car factory.

The project encompasses 441,000 square feet of space, spanning a 3.8 acre, seven-building complex located between 10th and 11th streets and Senate and Capitol avenues.

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