Collaboration with Kroger Co.
The Arts Council was pleased to partner with Kroger Co. on the creation of two murals and on the purchase of one sculpture for new stores in the greater Indianapolis area. All three stores opened in the fall of 2016.
The Kroger family of stores is honored to use the talents of local artists to create an uplifting experience in their stores. The company aspires to create a safe store environment that conveys a sense of connectedness to the communities within which they operate. The objective of Kroger’s commissioned art program is to create a space that encourages community gathering and celebrates the spirit of the neighborhood. As a company, Kroger values honesty, diversity, inclusion, integrity, respect and safety. These values are expressed by the artwork commissioned for each store.
Kroger purchased Flight (2013), by Indianapolis artist Bernard (Bernie) Carreño, for its new Marketplace location in Franklin, IN. Carreño typically uses simple forms and industrial materials to express abstract concepts in three dimensions. Flight was inspired by watching birds swoop and dive; viewers have expressed feelings of hope and grace upon seeing the sculpture.
For its new Fishers Marketplace location, Kroger commissioned a mural from Indianapolis-based artist William Denton Ray. Ray combines shaped and colored pieces of wood to form a dynamic impression of the vibrancy of the Fishers community. A coloring sheet will be provided to Kroger to young customers so they can create their own version of Ray's design.
Indianapolis-based artist collaborative Big Car was commissioned by Kroger to create a mural for the new Marketplace location in Greenwood, IN. Big Car's project will involve the community in its creation and painting. The mural will include recognizable Greenwood icons in a fresh, contemporary style.
All three new artworks were commissioned based upon an open call for qualifications and interest, identification of finalists, and a proposal process for which the finalists were compensated. The Franklin store opens in September 2016, and the Fishers and Greenwood stores open in November.