Community partnerships are important to any active public art program. Public art has a place not just in residential neighborhoods or central business districts, but in commercial corridors as well.
The Arts Council is pleased to partner with Jiffy Lube of Indiana to commission murals for ten central Indiana Jiffy Lube locations in 2018 and 2019. This program will expand on the Every Part Matters arts initiative started by Jiffy Lube in 2016, which placed murals on stores in Carmel and Broad Ripple. The murals collectively serve to further Jiffy Lube’s mission of “growing people through work” as well as beautify the commercial corridors on which the stores reside, and create a sense of place.
Six artists and artist teams were selected from an open call and assigned to Central Indiana locations for 2018.
West Side: 5630 N. Georgetown Rd.
Shamira Wilson Young created Interwoven, a metaphor for the energy of movement
inspired by our social fabric, textile technique, and the multicultural diversity of the
community surrounding 56 th and Georgetown. It expresses the interconnected nature of
community and provides a moment of joy for both visitors and neighbors.
Brownsburg: 1280 N. Green St.
Barbara Stahl wanted to pay homage to the older buildings in Brownsburg that are being
torn down in favor of new construction, but in a colorful and innovative way. She used a
play on the word developing and depicted a photographer in a traditional darkroom
creating images of both “old” and “new” Brownsburg, and cleverly framed it as a photo
album page in a three-ring binder.
Glendale: 6275 N. Keystone Ave.
William Denton Ray, working in his own neighborhood, created an abstracted face made
from geometric shapes. The mural’s title, Indivinity, is a combination of the words
“individuality,” “divine,” and “infinity,” all concepts he was thinking of during the design
process. To Ray, every shape is essential in defining the face, and the face is constantly
International Marketplace: 5444 W. 38th St.
Blend Creative Minds (Rafael Caro, Erica Parker, and Lauren Neely) chose to reflect the
thriving international culture surrounding the site through their depiction of the Brazilian
folk tale of Boitata, the Fire Snake. According to legend, the snake protects hidden
treasures and brings light into a dark world. The mural’s vibrant colors, and its mix of
brush and aerosol painting techniques, celebrate the diverse and dynamic
Castleton: 8175 Allisonville Rd.
Carl Leck used his trademark illusionistic technique in Taking the Bait, where a
shimmery winged creature is confronted with a sweet morsel. Despite its unfamiliarity
with the manufactured treat on offer, the bird is tempted by the bait. Is it a trap? Most
Lafayette: 2 S. Earl Ave.
Lafayette-based artist Craig Martin took a familiar sight—the purple coneflower, native to
Indiana and thriving in its numerous prairies and meadows—and turned it into exotic
scenery. Tropical Wabash portrays this common “weed” as a noble specimen, shared
by all of Indiana’s people regardless of geography or economic status. As such, Martin is
emphasizing that we all have more in common that we know.
A call for artists to paint more murals in 2019 will be released later this fall.