Get ready for 46 murals in Marion County in celebration of the 46th Super Bowl. The Arts Council of Indianapolis and city of Indianapolis are preparing to merge the sports world with the art world during February's Super Bowl XLVI festivities. Diverse local and national artists were selected for Indianapolis' first citywide mural project. Artworks should be in place by Oct. 31.
Ten murals will be along downtown's Central Canal, the densest concentration. Every bridge will feature a mural. Indianapolis ceramist Barbara Zech, for instance, is making two mosaics for the canal's Vermont Street Bridge. Chicago-based Mexican muralist Hector Duarte's painting will be on the canal's north side, by West Street.
Five Arts Council staff members are involved in all aspects of 46 for XLVI, including Project Manager Lindsey Lord. Lord works for Director of Artist Services Shannon Linker, who also is involved in the mural coordination. "Shannon has a wonderful eye and has been a sounding board for matching sites with artists," comments Dave Lawrence, Arts Council president and CEO. Linker hopes several big murals downtown will become city icons.
Follow mural program developments and see why the project is expected to put Indianapolis on the map for more than just sports.