IUPUI's Public Art Collection and the Artists

“Horizons” by Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir

Located along the path southeast of the University Library. IUPUI’s latest public art addition, “Horizon,” consists of twelve life-sized human figures made from iron and glass. I had the privilege of getting into contact with Steinunn, here’s what he had to say: “My inspiration for Horizons is the organic formation of trees and how we as humans resemble them in our fragility but also our strength.  On the surface of the figures small branches of trees can be seen.  Trees bend under the pressure of wind but seldom break.  The same can be said about the resilient nature of the human spirit...They are primal beings that seem like they are torn up out of the ground. They are of cast iron connecting with the earth and marsh under our feet.  We have iron in our blood.  A delicate feature in these primal beings is a horizontal glass line that connects these individual beings together as a group.  Where the sea meets the sky on the horizon of the south coast of Iceland there is a feeling of eternity in this simple line of light.”  

Herron “Arch I” by James Wille Faust

Located on the corner of New York Street and Blackford Street. This 20-foot-tall sculpture was crafted from painted aluminum in the form of an archway. When I asked Faust about his inspiration, he replied,

“The arch was based on a droplet and inspired by the concept of a Japanese Shinto gate, ‘when you pass through the gate you are entering from the profane into the sacred realm’”  


“Zephyr” by Steve Woolridge

Located southeast of the University Library this stainless steel sculpture is composed of eight geometrical shapes, each with a significant meaning. The rectangular foundation of the sculpture is meant to represent the core of education. Next, the two small cylinders are in place to signify the wheels of progress, with the triangle representing speed. The small cylinder supporting the large hoop signifies fortitude and determination, while the hoop itself stands for the circle of life. The long pole through the hoop is meant to represent ambition and the hollow scroll is representative of the scroll of knowledge.



“Portrait of History” by Zhou Brothers

Located at the Blackford Street entrance of Herron School of Art and Design. A bronze sculpture standing 8.3 feet tall meant to resemble a primitive figure encased in mud and gauze. This figure was created to recall the myths and legends across cultures.




“The South Tower” by Don Gummer

Located on the east side of Herron School of Art and Design. This is a stainless steel sculpture meant to resemble the south tower of the World Trade Center. Gummer decided to create this piece in remembrance of personally witnessing the tower fall on September 11, 2001.  






“Barrow” by Jill Viney

Located in front of Herron School of Art and Design. “Barrow” is a double-entry structure made from molded fiberglass. This piece was inspired by Viney’s visits to the ‘barrows,’ or prehistoric burial mounds in Ireland.



“Job” by Judith Shea

Located at the main entrance of Herron School of Art and Design. “Job” is a bronze sculpture of a man gazing up into the sky. He is shirtless and in a long overcoat with his palms facing outward.






“Antenna Man” by Eric Nordgulen

Located at the west side of Herron School of Art and Design. Made from fabricated aluminum, “Antenna Man” is meant to abstractly resemble the human form. This particular sculpture is the smaller prototype for the much larger version located on Illinois Institute of Technology’s campus.







“Mega-Gem” by John Francis Torrano

Located in the courtyard east of Lecture Hall. This sculpture was obtained by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1997 and relocated to IUPUI’s campus in 2009. “Mega-Gem is made of eighteen metallic facets, or plates, put together to create a diamond shape. Torrano heavily focuses on gem-shaped pieces because, like gems, he believes that art is multi faceted.

“Torso Fragment” by Casey Eskridge

Located at Herron School of Art and Design by the west entrance an aluminum torso influenced by classical sculpting and twisted at an ‘s curve.’ “Torso Fragment” was given to Herron as a gift from Eskridge, whom is an alumni of the art school.