Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Indianapolis Cultural Trail Breaks Ground

The Indianapolis media is a-buzz with the news of the $50 million Indianapolis Cultural Trail breaking ground today (try Google News for a round up).

And why shouldn't they be? Herron Grad and Indy native Emily Kennerk was just awarded the first commission.

So, what's she gonna do? Put some big balls just off Mass Ave. (Image of her "Marbles" from the ICT's web page.)

You can hear and see Kennerk talk with Channell 13 about her project here.

See some snipets and an overview of the trail from Chanel 8 here.

Take a virtual ride on the trail here.

Always the skeptic, I'll be interested to see how Indy residents react to the opportunity to walk or bike around, rather than drive. If you want a more optomistic perspective listen to Brian Payne of ICT:

"Even after we pull this off, the Bostons and the Seattles, and the New Yorks, and the Philadelphias, when they want to come and copy this, they won't be able to," he said.

Certainly it's a thrill to see something that continues to add to Indy and continues to make the city better ... having a place to safely ride a bike in this city, yeah that wouldn't be bad either.

The ICT has raised an impressive 2/3 of the $50 million needed for the project. Yes, that's $37 million that has been raised in the city of Indianapolis from the private sector for a "cultural trail." I think I had to type that to actually have it sink in.

7 Responses to “Indianapolis Cultural Trail Breaks Ground”

Carla said...
April 26, 2007 at 4:03 PM

Nice balls.

Carla said...
April 26, 2007 at 4:04 PM

No sarcasm, I like the marbles.

Anonymous said...
April 29, 2007 at 8:40 AM

Do you really? What do you like about them? They are round? Colorful? Round?

Carla said...
April 29, 2007 at 11:02 AM


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Scott said...
April 29, 2007 at 8:06 PM

Carla, hahaha...

I will say this, what I like about Emilys proposal is its simplicity and playfulness. Much of her work is more cerebral and takes time to get to understand it better, that is if you actually allow for that to happen. I see this as her chance to have a little fun, to play. I will be interested in seeing what the final product will look like once it is installed. Sometimes it is the simplest thing that is most beautiful.

Anonymous said...
April 30, 2007 at 11:42 PM

She is usually pretty good at realizing her ideas.

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