Under the direction of Eric Nordgulen from the Herron School of Art + Design, five local artists have come together to highlight the Pogues Run Waterway in Brookside Park. Each installation is designed to give pause and reflect on the importance of the waterway. Installed on the grounds of Paramount School of Excellence, the installations create an ongoing artistic landscape spanning nearly two city blocks. The Paramount Peace Park is the central hub for the rest stop, providing elevated viewing decks, picnic tables, resting benches, and a recycled stone bench for public access along Brookside Parkway South Drive between Parker and Dearborn streets (along Pogues Run in Brookside Park). Within the shaded forestry of the Peace Park, one can view Watermark, Stone Lantern, and Indy Curves. Beyond the Peace Park, the art continues heading East, including the Resting Benches (Blocks) and the flower sculpture (Floral Excerpts) described below. Other installations along the same hillside include History & Preservation, and TURN (2016).
MORE ABOUT ROW The Paramount Rest Stop is one of three sites along Pogue’s Run funded through Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW). Led by local artist Eric Nordgulen, students from the Herron School of Art + Design, a team of professional artists, and local residents and stakeholders collaborated on the design and implementation of public art installations centered on waterway issues and inspirations. ROW is a grassroots initiative, funded in part through the Kresge Foundation and Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), designed to reclaim the benefits of Indianapolis' waterways; to provide opportunities for physical, human, and economic development.
As of June 11, 2016, the ROW Rest Stop Art is open to the public year round, and can be accessed along Brookside Parkway South Drive.