Exhibits Public Art in Indianapolis, 1967-2007

Under the decisive leadership of resourceful city leaders, Indianapolis underwent a dramatic identity change from a sleepy backwater town to a vibrant metropolis during the decades following the 1960s. Although much of the city's reputation was built upon government reform, sports, and Hoosier Hospitality, Indianapolis's mayors also harnessed the economic potential of the arts to rebuild and reinvent the city's image. Their encouragement and sponsorship of public art helped to foster a lively arts scene in Indy and served as an effective method for rehabilitating the city. In the above image from 1973, after twelve years of delay, Mayor Richard Lugar oversaw completion of the installation of "The Ruins" in Holliday Park.