City County Pillars


We were asked to collaborate with Land Collective on a proposal for the City-County Building plaza in Indianapolis, IN. Our scope was to rethink the existing 50′ tall black granite pillars that are original to the building, creating an art piece that represented the goals of their proposal. The pillars would be clad in varying types of metal finishes and begin to fold and visually detach from the original granite, conceptually connecting them with the new plaza design.


Completed: (Proposal)
Medium: Varying Finishes of Stainless Steel, Aluminum
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Size: (6x) 50’ x 8’ x 3’

From Land Collective:
“Common Good Commons represents good government in both its narrative and in the capacity to gather and inform the citizens it supports. It offers active programming and features an amphitheater; summer fountain and a winter ice rink; two interactive art pieces; a gallery showcasing Indiana’s artists; a café featuring local fare; and an outpost of Indy 311–a place on the commons where citizens can get assistance navigating their government. In addition, a great lawn accommodates summer movies and supports special events while series of gardens and casual seating provide for more intimate moments. Common Good Commons is where culture thrives, and good governance becomes visible.”

Our approach focused on the team’s original inspiration for the plaza, the frescoes painted by Lorenzetti promoting the morality of government. They provided a constant reminder for the council members to remain fair leaders. This is shown through comprehensive cause-and-effect situations of virtuous governing in comparison to those of corrupt, tyrannical governing. The artwork represents the difference as a fade from organization and order at the base to chaotic dis-order at the top. The union of components at the bottom is representative of good governance, as the pattern system is reposed and stable. Moving vertically up the pylons, the panels begin splitting apart, becoming fractured and individualized. These reflective panels will angle themselves and begin to orient towards the park, so that as both citizens and government officials look up, they are reminded of the effects of bad governance as a broken image of the park and the people within.